Firefighters balloted over further action

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service took part in a fourth strike this week in relation to the ongoing national dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and central government over pensions.

The industrial action took place on Wednesday between 10am and 2pm, the same day as the members were being balloted over possible further industrial action over the dispute.

As during previous strikes, the fire service put plans in place to provide an emergency response, but warned that it would not be business as usual, and reminded residents and business owners to be extra vigilant.

The fire service’s web pages carry a wealth of information and advice on how to keep homes or business safe from the risks of fire.

More information is available at

The service has also put out messages about taking extra care through the council’s social media profiles at and

The strike ended at 2pm on Wednesday, when Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service returned to normal.