As Bonfire Night approaches, what do you think of fire service’s four-day strike?

Fire strikes start today.

Fire strikes start today. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

Members of the Fire Brigades Union across the country will walk out on strike for four days from this evening, in an ongoing dispute with the government over changes to the national pension scheme.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said a 999 service will continue to operate during the strike action, which will take place between 6pm today and 6pm on Tuesday.

Nigel Williams, the county's chief fire officer, said: 'This weekend there are likely to be many seasonal parties and events going on across the county. Therefore, I would ask people to take extra precautions and be aware that we will have less resource available.'

Paul Smyth, chairman of Norfolk County Council's communities committee, said the fire service would try to minimise the impact industrial action had.

Kevin Game, FBU Norfolk secretary, said the new fire minister, Penny Mordaunt had come up with no revised proposals, and said the government was treating its members, who were very angry, with 'contempt'.


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The fire minister said the strike action was 'completely unnecessary' and damaged the fire and rescue service's 'good reputation'.

Are you changing your plans because of the fire strike? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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