Firefighters to strike for four days over pensions

Firefighters on strike outside Bohemia Road Fire Station
Firefighters on strike outside Bohemia Road Fire Station

Firefighters in 1066 Country are staging another strike from today (Friday) at 6pm as part of their ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) at both Bohemia Road and The Ridge fire stations are joining firefighters across England for the stoppage, which will run until 6pm on Tuesday (November 4).

The Government wants firefighters to work up to 60 rather than retire at the age of 55, as they currently do.

Union officials from the FBU say Whitehall’s proposals mean that firefighters will face dismissal simply because they cannot maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary for their role until they are age 60. To date more than a dozen strikes have been held across the country.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) is warning people to take care at bonfire celebrations amid the strike.

Des Prichard, chief fire officer and chief executive, said: “The weekend is expected to be particularly popular for people having bonfire and fireworks celebrations and we want to ensure people enjoy themselves safely. If you can attend a local organised display, please do so. Organisers have to put their own safety measures in place. For example, they should be trained in emergency drills, first aid posts should be manned by qualified people and they should have arranged for fire extinguishers, buckets of water, buckets of sand and metal litter bins to be available on the night.

“If you have already bought your own fireworks, please consider re-arranging your celebrations to a night which isn’t affected by strike action.”