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Firefighters in Somerset to strike tonight
PEOPLE in Somerset are being advised to take extra care during this evening's firefighter strike.
The Fire Brigades Union has voted in favour of a nationwide strike over a dispute about pensions Firefighters strikes from 6.30pm to 11pm tonight (Friday).
A second walk-out will see fire crews stop work from 6am to 8am on Monday.
Devon and Somerset Fire Service says it will continue to respond to 999 calls during the walkouts from 6.30pm to 11pm on Friday and 6am to 8am on Monday.
Fire Brigades Union members, who cancelled a previous walkout this month, are taking industrial action after the latest talks with the Government over pension reforms broke down.
The South-West FBU’s Tam MacFarlane said: “Going on strike is a last resort, but we were left with no option. We cancelled the previous strike because we were promised further talks, but they broke down."
A fire service spokesman said: “We’ll continue to respond to 999 calls and do everything we can to keep the public safe.
“People can help by taking extra care and time to think about fire safety in your home during this period - checking smoke alarms, ensuring you know what you would do if there was a fire and not making unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service.
“Businesses are also reminded of their responsibilities, as during periods of industrial action the service may not be able to respond to fire safety enquiries within its usual timescales.
"It remains the responsibility of employers, landlords and other premises occupiers to comply with fire safety law.”
Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said the strike is “completely unnecessary” and damages the service’s reputation.
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