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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Firefighters in Norfolk will strike tonight in the latest chapter of their row over pensions.
Crews will walk out from 7pm tonight until midnight, and again on New Year’s Eve, between 6.30pm and 12.30am the following morning. A third strike will take place between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is asking members of the public to be vigilant and take extra care over the festive period.
Fire Brigades Union control room staff have been instructed not to undertake voluntary overtime this evening, and firefighters have been told to refuse voluntary overtime between 7pm on Friday and 7pm on Sunday – both of which may have a limited impact on operations, says the service.
The fire service will continue to operate a 999 response service during the strikes action, but calls will be prioritised as they come in if necessary. The service has also asked that the public assist them by placing extra emphasis on their own safety.
Around half of fire stations will be closed temporarily.