Public told to be ‘extra vigilant’ as firefighters say they will strike over Christmas

Firefighters will strike over Christmas and New Year.
Firefighters will strike over Christmas and New Year.
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Lancashire firefighters will strike on three dates over Christmas and New Year - the sixth walk-out in recent months.

As part of an ongoing national row over pensions, members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be on strike on Christmas Eve from 7pm until midnight, on New Year’s Eve from 6.30pm until 12.30am and on January 3 between 6.30am and 8.30am.

Lancashire’s chief fire officer Chris Kenny said: “We do have a significant number of our staff who have given a commitment to maintain emergency cover and, as a result, the public can be reassured that the service 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.”