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Firefighters stage second Fire Brigades Union walkout in 24 hours over pensions

14 December 2013
by Jenni Horn

Families should follow useful tips and take extra care this evening, as firefighters walk out in the fifth of a serious of strikes.

Last night crews staged a protest between 6pm and 10pm.

Now members of the Fire Brigades Union are due to stage a walk-out between between the same hours tonight.

Fire engine. Library picture

Fire engine. Library picture

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) said it is has put plans in place but is calling on people to spend five minutes making sure their home is safe.

The list includes checking your smoke alarm works, unplugging any unused electrical items before you go out and not overloading electric sockets.

Avoid leaving electrical items running, such as the washing machine or tumble dryer, while you are away from home and don’t set your oven to come on via a timer when you are out.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service chief executive Ann Millington

Kent Fire and Rescue Service chief executive Ann Millington

People are also advised not to leave any cooking unattended and to avoid using candles.

KFRS chief executive Ann Millington said: “We will again be answering 999 calls and responding to incidents across the county.

“But we will not be operating at our normal level, so we must again ask people to avoid making non-emergency calls to us during these periods."

The strikes this weekend are the latest in a series of walk-outs staged by the union in a dispute with the government over pensions.

The row centres on the pensions paid to firefighters who retire between the ages of 50 and 60 due to ill-health or not meeting fitness standards.

Unions say firefighters who retire early will be unable to claim their full pensions despite, in some cases, decades of service.


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