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Firefighters set to take strike action

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union are set to take part in strike action over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The industrial action will take place tomorrow (Friday) from noon until 5pm, on Saturday from 2pm until 2am, and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said it has plans in place to provide a service during this latest period of strike action – although it will not be business as usual.

The service has written to businesses to help them to minimise the risk from fire, as well as urging residents to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from the risks of fire and other emergencies.

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have a duty to ensure we have robust plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action, and we will be putting these plans into action.

“We must stress that it will not be business as usual, however, and homes and businesses should take extra precautions.

“We are urging people to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of fire.”

 

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