THE Fire Brigades’ Union has announced two further strike dates in its national dispute.

Its members will be taking industrial action again on Thursday, June 12, from 9am for 24 hours and on Saturday, June 21, between 10am and 5pm.

They will be the 13th and 14th strikes since September.

Dorset Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter said: “As with the previous strikes we will once again be putting our contingency arrangements in place. We are disappointed the FBU and the Government have not been able to come to an agreement about the firefighters’ pension scheme at this stage.

“We have put plans in place to ensure Dorset Fire and Rescue is able to respond to incidents, but we would ask members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home. We will continue to work with all our partners locally to ensure businesses; homes and our environment can be kept as safe as possible from fire.”