Firefighters to strike

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The Fire Brigades’ Union has confirmed its members will take strike action on Wednesday 25 September in a row with the Government over pensions.

The four-hour strike will affect the service provided by Humberside Fire and Rescue in Bridlington as it is believed around 85% of its firefighters are members of the union.

Union members will be striking against Government proposals to release their full pensions at the age of 60.

Rob Vaux, brigade chair of the Humberside Fire Brigades Union, said: “We have no choice, we literally have no option now.

“No fire fighter wants to take industrial action, it is not what we do this job for. Sometimes we are forced into it.”

In a previous statement Humberside Fire’s Deputy Chief Fire Office Dene Sanders assured the public “that we will not compromise their safety”.

The service has recently been looking for people to join its Reserve Fire Crew, which will tackle small-scale incidents during the strike.

For the full story see this week’s Free Press out on Thursday 19 September.