Firefighters prepare to walkout for 24-hours in ongoing pension row

Firefighter strikes. Library image.
Firefighter strikes. Library image.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has said it will continue to answer 999 calls and respond to emergencies during the forthcoming 24-hour walkout.

The strike is due to take place next Wednesday and Thursday.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has formally announced that its members will be on a continuous nationwide strike from 7am on Wednesday (February 25), to 7am on Thursday (February 26).

This is the latest in a series of action called over the past 17 months in a row with the government over pensions.

Bedfordshire’s chief fire officer, Paul Fuller said: “Although this is a national dispute between the FBU and the government, there is always a local impact when strikes are called.

“Fire control will continue to answer 999 calls, and we will still have qualified firefighters and officers responding to emergencies.

“We will need to prioritise 999 calls, so that we can respond to those with the greatest potential threat to life.”

The public are being urged to take extra care during the 24-hour strike period.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Glen Ranger said: “We urge the public to use common sense, and minimise the potential for fire to start in the home, and take extra care when driving on the county’s roads.”