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FIREFIGHTERS TO STRIKE FOR FOURTH TIME

ISLE OF WIGHT FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE RTC AND BA COURSESFirefighters across the Island are to join their colleagues nationally in a fourth strike over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will strike for 4 hours on Wednesday 13th November between 10:00 and 14:00, which will see limited fire cover on the Isle of Wight.

During the strike action, fire cover will be maintained on the Island by non-FBU members who will attend life-critical incidents such as house fires or road traffic incidents. Fire control will not be affected by the strike and will be operating as normal – people should continue to dial 999 in an emergency.

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The latest strike action took place on Monday morning for a period of 2 hours, following a 4 hour walk out on Friday.

Steve Apter, Chief Fire Officer, said:

“I would like to reiterate the advice provided ahead of last month’s strike and ask members of the public and businesses to be extra vigilant during the planned period of strike action by checking fire safety arrangements and not taking unnecessary risks.”

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