Longer wait for fire engines possible during strike

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Members of the public are being urged to be extra vigilant this week as firefighters in Burnley will be on strike every day from 6am to 8am in a dispute over pensions.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny warned there may be a longer wait for a fire engine in incident of minor fires when he confirmed to the Express the industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

Mr Kenny said emergency cover was in place in the event of any incidents during the dispute, but urged the public to be vigilant.

He said: “We have a significant number of staff who have given a commitment to maintain emergency cover and as a result the public can be reassured of our plan to keep the majority of fire engines in Lancashire operational during the dispute period.

“We would urge all members of the public to be extra vigilant however and be aware that for minor fires in particular, there may be a longer wait for a fire engine.

“This is a national dispute between the FBU and Government and is not a dispute between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) and our firefighters.

“I ask the public to take extra care to prevent a fire happening and encourage them to access the website we have set up to offer advice on how to do that at www.takeextracare.com.”