Firefighters set to strike next week

Officers across West Sussex are taking part in the 24-hour strikes
Officers across West Sussex are taking part in the 24-hour strikes

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has said it will continue to answer 999 calls and respond to emergencies during the 24 hour strike, which the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced will take place next week.

The FBU has formally announced that its members in fire and rescue services across England will be on a continuous nationwide strike from 7am on Wednesday, February 25, to 7am on Thursday, February 26.

This is the latest in a series of strikes called by FBU over the past 17 months.

The FBU is in dispute with the Government over firefighter pension arrangements.

Bedfordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Paul Fuller said: “Although this is a national dispute between the FBU and the Government, there is always a local impact when strikes are called.

“Fire Control will continue to answer 999 calls, and we will still have qualified firefighters and officers responding.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Glen Ranger said: “Because there will be a reduced level of service during the strike, we will need the support and help of the public to minimise the risk of fire and other emergencies.

“We urge the public to use common sense.”