Fire Service will respond to emergencies during strike

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will respond to 999 calls and emergencies during the upcoming 24 hour strike on Wednesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 26.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced that its members in fire and rescue services across England will be on a continuous strike from 7am on Wednesday, until 7am on Thursday.

The FBU has been in dispute with the Government over firefighter pension arrangements, it is the latest in a series of strikes called by the union over the past 17 months.

Paul Fuller, Bedfordshire’s chief fire officer, said: “Although this is a national dispute between the FBU and the Government, there is always a local impact when strikes are called.

“Fire Control will continue to answer 999 calls, and we will still have qualified firefighters and officers responding to emergencies.

“Inevitably, there will be a reduced service for the community, compared to normal.

“We will need to prioritise 999 calls, so that we can respond to those with the greatest potential threat to life.”