Firefighters get ready to strike over pensions

Fire crews are now damping down
Fire crews are now damping down

West Sussex Fire and Rescue are preparing for members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) to go on strike from tomorrow (Friday May 2).

The (FBU) is currently in dispute with the Government over changes to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme and conditions of service.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union have scheduled further industrial action on the following dates and times:

Friday 2 May 2014 from 12noon until 5pm

Saturday 3 May 2014 from 2pm until Sunday 4 May 2014 at 2am

Sunday 4 May 2014 from 10am until 3pm.

The service is asking residents to take extra care during the stirke period.

A spokesman said: “West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has robust contingency plans in place in the event of a strike. However, during any period of industrial action the Service would have fewer resources available and would be prioritising life-threatening incidents such as house fires and road traffic collisions where people are trapped.

“You should still dial 999 in an emergency but you can help by reducing the demand on emergency services, especially during industrial action. The message to residents, businesses, and people travelling in West Sussex during any possible strike action is to take extra care.”