Dorset Fire Fighters Set To Strike
7:30am 25th April 2014
(Updated 11:20am 25th April 2014)
Dorset will have fewer fire fighters to attend emergency calls going into the May Bank Holiday next weekend as union members go on strike.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is fighting government plans to alter their pensions and they staged a series of walkouts last year.
The union argues that firefighters in their late 50's face being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by half because of changes in the retirement age.
They'll walk out on for 5 hours from noon on Friday 2nd May, between 2pm and 2am on the 3rd, and from 10am to 3pm on the 4th.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Dorset Colin Chapman has this advice to residents who may be concerned about the county being stretched;
"Only call 999 over that busy bank holiday weekend if they really, really do need a fire engine. Our priority will be to respond to those calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued."
Assistant Chief Chapman says they'll be working closely with neighbouring fire teams to pick up the slack;
"We have resources that we'll pre-position across the county to those areas, according to weather ad traffic patterns, where calls are most likely to come from, we will be responding to treble 9 calls."