Firefighters plan strikes over eight days

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Firefighters are planning a series of strikes over eight days, starting on Saturday, August 9.

Members of the Fire Brigade Union are taking action as part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pension conditions.

The strikes will take place from noon to 2pm, and 10.59pm to 11.59pm each day, with the last action on Saturday, August 16.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will put contingency plans in place to ensure 999 calls will still be answered.

Area Commander and BFRS Head of Operations Ian Evans said: “The best way the public can help us is to minimise the risk of fire and other emergencies, so they have no need to call 999.”

He added households should test smoke alarms and replace batteries if necessary, and never leave cooking unattended, especially if the cook has consumed alcohol.