Firefighters across Cornwall will strike again this evening as part of an ongoing row with the government over pensions.
Following one of the busiest nights of the year for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, which dealt with more than 100 emergency calls in the space of three hours last night, members of the Fire Brigades’ Union will strike between 7pm and midnight today.
Fire control staff will also be taking part in what the union describes as ‘action short of a strike’, which will see fire service personnel refusing to undertake any voluntary overtime.
CFRS chief fire officer Des Tidbury is urging people to take extra care during the strike.
“My message to residents and businesses is to remain vigilant,” he said.
“A part of the work carried out by the fire service includes attending road traffic collisions so I especially want to appeal to people who may be out and about enjoying Christmas festivities to make sure they have a plan on how to get home – have a designated driver who remains sober or perhaps book a taxi.
“I’m also asking businesses to take extra care when shutting up shop and to take note of our top tips for keeping businesses safe from fire.”
Mr Tidbury said contingency plans have been put in place for this evening.
“Once again, we have contingency plans in place to maintain minimum levels of cover during the strike action,” he said.
“The most important thing to remember is that if you do have a fire, get out of the building, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response.
“We will continue to respond to emergency calls and will obviously prioritise those where lives are at risk. Public and fire fighter safety remains of paramount importance and we will give the best service to the people of Cornwall within the limitations of the resources available to us.”
Strikes have also been planned for between 6.30pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve and between 6.30am and 8.30pm on January 3.