North Devon faces second round of fire brigade strikes

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FBU to strike again after government negotiations break down

Firefigher in North Devon will strike for a second time on Friday evening after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced national action.

The dispute between the government and the FBU over pension reforms has not been solved, after the service called off a strike earlier in October to continue negotiations.

Previously, strike affected several stations across North Devon, including Barnstaple and Bideford where FBU firefighters staged walkouts.

Fire crews will be striking again, this time for four and a half hours, from 6.30-11pm on Friday. In case of emergency, every Fire & Rescue Service has a legal duty to maintain a level of service to local communities as best it can.

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Chief Fire Officer for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Lee Howell, said: “Fire and Rescue Services have contingency plans and ours will again be put into place ahead of this date for industrial action.

“The majority of our stations will be available. Our plans worked well during the first period of action, but we are asking the public to help us again by taking extra care.

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“We will continue to respond to 999 calls and do everything we can to keep the public safe.”

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