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Dorset Firefighters on 24 Hour Walk Out

Dorset Fire And Rescue Engine 3

7:47am 12th June 2014

Dorset will have fewer fire fighters to call upon today (Thursday 12th June) Union members are on strike for 24 hours.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are still rowing with the government over pension reforms.

Mostly part time crews will be covering Dorset's emergencies today.

Chief Fire Officer Darren Gunter says he's disappointed with the FBU:

"After such a protractile period, both sides seem unable to reach and negotiate a position, where at least they have a constructive way forward, perhaps not resolved the dispute but at least have agreed a way forward. So I'm disappointed and I'm disappointed it's resulted in strike action."

The FBU say government minsters aren't listening to them concerns and they're not getting a fair deal.

Darren Gunter told us Dorset will have less resources to answer emergency calls today:

"Ordinarily on any day we'd normally have 36 fire engines available. We're anticipating around 22 and still keeping somewhere between 6 and 7 whole time fire engines. So it's not business as usual but it's still a really good level of service."

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