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Dorset Firefighters Join Strike Action

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4:44pm 17th September 2013
(Updated 5:26pm 17th September 2013)

Firefighters in Dorset will join hundreds of colleagues around the UK in strike action next week in a dispute over pensions.

A spokesperson for Dorset Fire and Rescue has confirmed to Wessex FM a number of their staff will walk out from midday on Wednesday (25th September).

The Fire Brigades Union says the strike will last for 4 hours.

It's calling it a "warning shot" to the government.

The FBU claims planned pension changes will mean firefighters having to work in frontline jobs until later in life.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Colin Chapman said: "Dorset Fire Authority have today received notification that Fire Brigades Union members will be striking on 25th September between 12 noon and 4pm. We are disappointed the Fire Brigades Union and the Department for Communities and Local Government have not been able to come to an agreement about the proposed changes to the Firefighters pension scheme at this stage. It is important to stress that this dispute is between the Government and the Fire Brigades Union.

"We have put plans in place to ensure Dorset Fire and Rescue is able to respond to incidents, but we would ask members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home. We will continue to work with all our partners locally to ensure businesses, homes and our environment can be kept as safe as possible this period of industrial action. Safety information for communities and business can be found on our website dorsetfire.gov.uk"

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