'Take extra steps to reduce fire risks' residents asked as firefighters plan bank holiday strikes

Bournemouth Echo: 'Take extra steps to reduce fire risks' residents asked as firefighters plan bank holiday strikes 'Take extra steps to reduce fire risks' residents asked as firefighters plan bank holiday strikes

DORSET residents have been asked to “take extra steps” to reduce fire risks, following confirmation of another round of firefighter strikes set for the bank holiday weekend.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which has many Dorset members, announced further industrial action as part of its ongoing dispute with government over pensions.

Union members say government plans to change the pension scheme could result in many firefighters in their late 50s being sacked.

Dorset Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) chief Darran Gunter, who stressed the issue is an national dispute, said: “As with previous strikes we will once again be putting our contingency arrangements in place.

“We are disappointed the FBU and the government has not been able to come to an agreement about the firefighters pension scheme at this stage.”

DFRS will be providing a reduced emergency response during the strikes, and 999 calls will be answered.

Dorset FBU members will be joining national colleagues for the walkouts on Friday May 2, between midday and 5pm; Saturday May 3, between 2pm and 2am; and Sunday May 4, between 10am and 3pm.

There will also be a voluntary overtime ban across England and Wales from 3pm, May 4, until noon on May 9.

Mr Gunter said: “We have put plans in place to ensure DFRS 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 during the industrial action.”

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack has accused the government of “burying its head in the sand” after three years of negotiations.

He added: “Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

“Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

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2:41pm Mon 28 Apr 14

adspacebroker says...

Matt Wrack the muppet and his puppets try it on again.......just look how far this ridiculous action has got you, apart from alienating firefighters from its customers. You want to thank all the old FBU members from 20-30 years ago who were retiring on medical grounds with a bad back at the age of 53!!!! They sucked the life out of the pension scheme. Too many people have got their own financial crisis to be worried about the FBU...wake up and smell the coffee!! Nobody cares irrelevant of the job.
Matt Wrack the muppet and his puppets try it on again.......just look how far this ridiculous action has got you, apart from alienating firefighters from its customers. You want to thank all the old FBU members from 20-30 years ago who were retiring on medical grounds with a bad back at the age of 53!!!! They sucked the life out of the pension scheme. Too many people have got their own financial crisis to be worried about the FBU...wake up and smell the coffee!! Nobody cares irrelevant of the job. adspacebroker
  • Score: 1

4:38pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Andrew.Isaac says...

waiting for a "pete woodley" view and opinion
waiting for a "pete woodley" view and opinion Andrew.Isaac
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Thanks for the advice. I was planning on falling asleep whilst my chip pan was turning my chips to a deep golden Brown.
I may now, in light of the advise, prepare a pork pie and a sliced tomato that require no cooking or risk to life and limb.
A big thanks to the Echo and Fire Brigade for saving my life and all the others in my immediate area.
Thanks for the advice. I was planning on falling asleep whilst my chip pan was turning my chips to a deep golden Brown. I may now, in light of the advise, prepare a pork pie and a sliced tomato that require no cooking or risk to life and limb. A big thanks to the Echo and Fire Brigade for saving my life and all the others in my immediate area. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Mon 28 Apr 14

ferndun says...

adspacebroker wrote:
Matt Wrack the muppet and his puppets try it on again.......just look how far this ridiculous action has got you, apart from alienating firefighters from its customers. You want to thank all the old FBU members from 20-30 years ago who were retiring on medical grounds with a bad back at the age of 53!!!! They sucked the life out of the pension scheme. Too many people have got their own financial crisis to be worried about the FBU...wake up and smell the coffee!! Nobody cares irrelevant of the job.
Pensions for a fire fighter now cost £330 per month. That in anyone's eyes isn't cheap. When fire fighters pensions were started they were never invested up until the time the first pensions were paid out some 30 years later. Instead the money was spent on other government schemes. The public sector does need modernisation but it also needs the government to be more accountable for the dreadful way our beloved country is being messed up. What about the millions of pounds wasted on control rooms? The army do a tremendous job and I have every respect for all who put their neck on the lines to protect our country however the army pension needs no contribution from members of the services.
[quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: Matt Wrack the muppet and his puppets try it on again.......just look how far this ridiculous action has got you, apart from alienating firefighters from its customers. You want to thank all the old FBU members from 20-30 years ago who were retiring on medical grounds with a bad back at the age of 53!!!! They sucked the life out of the pension scheme. Too many people have got their own financial crisis to be worried about the FBU...wake up and smell the coffee!! Nobody cares irrelevant of the job.[/p][/quote]Pensions for a fire fighter now cost £330 per month. That in anyone's eyes isn't cheap. When fire fighters pensions were started they were never invested up until the time the first pensions were paid out some 30 years later. Instead the money was spent on other government schemes. The public sector does need modernisation but it also needs the government to be more accountable for the dreadful way our beloved country is being messed up. What about the millions of pounds wasted on control rooms? The army do a tremendous job and I have every respect for all who put their neck on the lines to protect our country however the army pension needs no contribution from members of the services. ferndun
  • Score: 3

4:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Andrew.Isaac wrote:
waiting for a "pete woodley" view and opinion
Thanks for the free publicity,but just been in hospital,and not up to it.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew.Isaac[/bold] wrote: waiting for a "pete woodley" view and opinion[/p][/quote]Thanks for the free publicity,but just been in hospital,and not up to it. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Andrew.Isaac wrote:
waiting for a "pete woodley" view and opinion
Thanks for the free publicity,but just been in hospital,and not up to it.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew.Isaac[/bold] wrote: waiting for a "pete woodley" view and opinion[/p][/quote]Thanks for the free publicity,but just been in hospital,and not up to it. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

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