London Fire Brigade

Three further FBU strike dates announced

16 December 2013

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced three further strike dates.

Its members will be taking industrial action again on:

• Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December – 7pm until midnight
• New Years Eve, Tuesday 31st December -  6.30pm until 12.30am
• Friday 3rd January – 6.30am until 8.30am

These will be the seventh, eighth and ninth FBU strikes since September.

London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said: “As with the previous six strikes we will once again be putting our contingency arrangements in place.

“I very much hope that the government and FBU are able to resolve this dispute soon in order that the Brigade can return to business as usual.”

As in previous strikes, the Brigade will have 27 fire engines based at strategic locations and contingency crews will deal with emergencies across London during the four hour strike.

The strike action relates to a dispute between the FBU and government over the government’s reforms to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme

The Brigade will be issuing fire safety advice to Londoners in the run up to this latest round of strike action.

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Notes to editors

During the strike firefighters will attend:

• Serious fires –  like those in Londoners’ homes – confirmed by a 999 call
• Fires that involve gas cylinders or hazardous substances.
• Explosions
• Vehicle fires or boat fires
• Fires at railway stations and rail and road tunnels or fires involving people in underground tunnels
• Aircraft or train crashes
• Road traffic collisions
• Collapsed structures

During the strike firefighters may not be able to attend:

• Grass fires and other outdoor fires such as trees, hedges or undergrowth alight.
• Rubbish fires (including fires in bins and skips) and fires on open ground.
• Animal rescues (these will be referred to the RSPCA).
• People shut in lifts (owners of buildings are responsible for ensuring arrangements are in place to release people from faulty lifts).
• Flooding
• Automatic fire alarms – a fire engine will only be sent when the fire has been confirmed by a 999 call.