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Dorset Firefighters Start A Series Of Strikes


6:51am 2nd May 2014

Dorset Firefighters are beginning three days of strike action this lunchtime in a row over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out between midday and 5pm today.

It's over a long-running dispute with the government about pensions.

The union are concerned about reforms set out by the government, which include higher pension contributions, and the risk of firefighters losing their jobs if their fitness declines as they get older.

Strike action has also been planned for Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Dorset Fire is encouraging the public to reduce the risk of having to call 999 this weekend by testing all smoke alarms and taking care while out and about.

The planned strikes will go ahead during the following times:

- Friday 2nd May- 12pm until 5pm
- Saturday 3rd May- 2pm until 2am
- Sunday 4th May- 10am until 3pm

The county will be receiving a reduced service during these times, but 999 calls where life is at risk, will still be prioritised.

Colin Chapman, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said:  "We will have a more limited response across the county but we will absolutely still be responding to 999 calls. If we're attending non-emergency calls, then those most in need could be at risk.

"We've done it before and will do it again. We have support from neighbouring Fire and Rescue authorities and we have resources which we will pre-position across the county to those areas where calls are most likely to come from."

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