10:10am Wednesday 16th October 2013
CHESHIRE is braced for a second firefighters strike over pensions on Saturday night.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are set to carry out industrial action for five hours between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.
The protest is over Government plans to increase firefighters’ pension age to 60.
A statement from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “It is important to highlight that the strikes being proposed relate to national issues rather than local ones and that action will only be taken by those staff that are members of the Fire Brigade’s Union.
“We do have plans and procedures in place that will enable us to continue to protect the communities of Cheshire during the five hour strike period.
“However, as we do have less fire engines available we would encourage everyone to take extra care during the strike.
“Please make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed in your home, know exactly how to get out of your home if a fire was to break out and ensure that you take extra care while driving.
“Be especially careful when cooking, as this is the biggest cause of accidental fires.
“Remember to make sure you have a clean grill, don’t leave any form of cooking unattended and avoid cooking at all if you have had alcohol.
“Also make sure you lock wheelie bins away and don’t let any rubbish build up close to homes or outbuildings.
We would also advise people and businesses to avoid doing anything else that could increase the risk of a fire breaking out.”
For more information visit cheshirefire.gov.uk.
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