DERBYSHIRE: Fire station strikes

Derbyshire firefighters have announced further strike action as a row over their pensions continues to rage.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has received notification of the industrial action following a Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national ballot.

It will take place between 6pm and 10pm tomorrow, Friday, December 13, and the same times the following day.

A reduced emergency response service will be available at all times but fire chiefs are calling on members of the public to take extra care.

Area manager Kam Basi said: “Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will still be responding to 999 calls, albeit at a reduced level. 
“Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during this time.”

The strikes will be the fifth and sixth since the end of September.

It comes as the service is facing massive cuts to its budget due to a drop in the amount of money it gets from central Government.

The cuts could include the closure of some fire stations like Heanor, Belper and Duffield. Some firefighter jobs are also likely to be lost if the plans get the go-ahead.

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