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Fire Fighters Announce 8 Day Strike

Dorchester Fire Station Demo

10:04am 8th August 2014
(Updated 8:27am 9th August 2014)

Dorset Fire Fighters start a new 8 day strike today.

Members of the FBU are in a dispute with the Government over pay and pensions.

They'll walk out every day - for two hours in the afternoon and an hour in the evening.

Dorset Fire and Rescue say they'll be running a reduced service during these times, but all 999 calls will STILL be answered.

The strike times are as follows:

Everyday between Saturday 9th August to Saturday 16th August

Between 12pm - 2pm and 10:59pm - 11:59pm.

Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer, said: "We are urging members of the public to take extra care to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home or on our heathland. Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or careless disposal of cigarettes. The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week."

Although there will be a fewer firefighters to respond, the service have said they will continue to deal with all 999 calls.

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