Residents warned to take extra care as firefighters prepare to strike tomorrow
5:09pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS across Bolton are set to walk out tomorrow in a dispute over pensions and working up to the age of 60.
The dispute, which will be triggered from noon until 4pm, will involve stations at Bolton, Horwich and Farnworth.
During the strike, firefighters will hand out leaflets to the public and ask them to sign a petition in support of their cause.
A ballot of Fire Brigade Union (FBU) earlier this month showed eight in every 10 firefighters were in favour of taking action should the government fail to deal with issues regarding pensions and frontline staff being expected to work up to 60 years of age.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue has issued advice warning that there will be a “greatly reduced” service during the strike.
County fire officer Steve McGuirk said: "We have recruited and trained an emergency fire crew to provide fire cover.
"This will be much reduced from our usual service with fewer engines attending a limited range of incidents and we will be prioritising calls.
"Local people need to start thinking about their own safety — make sure they have a working smoke alarm, know the main causes of fire, have a fire escape plan and carry out a bedtime routine."
Residents are being urged to only call 999 if they really need to during the firefighter strike.
Business are also being urged to make sure their staff are briefed about fire safety.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s head of protection services Geoff Harris said: “If your premises has an automatic fire alarm system during any periods of industrial action firefighters will not be responding to calls received as a result of the fire alarm operating – consider who will check for fire if an alarm does goes off, which may require extra training.
“We will only be responding to calls where the call is as a result of a fire, not a fire alarm.”
For further information on taking extra care during the strike, go here.
The FBU was unavailable for a comment.
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