Firefighters continuing with strikes

A series of strikes by fire crews are taking place across Northumberland this week.

The Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) is taking industrial action for eight days from Monday, July 14, until Monday, July 21.

On Thursday they will strike from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm, Friday from 6am to 8am and 11pm to 1am, on Saturday from 11am to 1pm and 11pm to 1am, Sunday from 5pm to 7pm and on Monday from 6am to 8an and 5pm to 7pm.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) said it has plans in place to provide a service during the strikes.

Alex Bennett, chief fire office for the service, said: “We have plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action but we must reiterate that it is not business as usual.

“We are asking people to be extra vigilant over these eight days.

“People should take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones and ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes and workplaces.

“It is also worth reminding people to take extra care when driving during these strike periods to reduce the chance of a road traffic accident.”

The service has contacted businesses in the county to help them to minimise the risk from fire, and also urges residents to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from the risks of fire and other emergencies.

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