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Fire strikes will not endanger public say East Lancashire fire bosses
4:04pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
FIRE strikes taking place today will not affect ‘life and death’ situations, according to fire chiefs.
More than half of all fire engines covering the county were due to be in operation as firefighters walk out over pension proposals branded ‘unworkable’ by the union.
Firefighters were due to walk out between noon and 4pm, forming picket lines at stations.
A national agreement is in place with government and employers for firefighters to be able to volunteer to return to work in the event of a major incident such as terrorism.
Lancashire Fire Brigades Union secretary Steve Harman said: “We don’t want to strike but it has got to the point where we have tried everything else and it’s a last resort.
“There is cover that we have worked with the fire service to provide because we don’t want the strike to endanger anyone’s safety.”
A fire service spokesman said not all FBU members were striking, with some members of staff providing cover. He said: “Approximately 60 per cent of our engines will be in action which puts us in a reasonable position. There should be adequate engines to deal with real life or death situations.
“Some of the non-urgent calls firefighters are called out on will be less of a priority.”
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