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Staff shortages warning as firefighters set to strike tomorrow
6:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
Fire Brigades Union members in Cornwall will be taking part in four hours of industrial action on September 25 as part of the national protest against changes to public sector pensions.
As the majority of the wholetime firefighters are FBU members, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Servicestrike action are warning of staff shortages adding that that CFRS will not be able to respond to non emergency situations such as automated fire alarms from businesses or other non essential activities.
A service spokesman said: "Over the past few weeks, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has prepared robust contingency plans to maintain minimum levels of cover for dealing with major fires, serious flooding or road traffic collisions etc.
"Prevention advice and guidance has been prepared for businesses and residents.
"CFRS is working closely with partners such as the police and ambulance services to ensure emergency services are maintained throughout any industrial action."
CFRS Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said: “This is a national dispute between members of the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over proposed changes to pensions and is not directed against Cornwall Council or Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.
"While the industrial action will inevitably have an impact on fire and rescue services, residents in Cornwall will not be left without emergency cover in life threatening situations.”
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