Firefighters set to strike

Lincolnshire firefighters could strike on Wednesday.
Lincolnshire firefighters could strike on Wednesday.
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Emergency response to 999 calls will not be affected by a four-hour strike by firefighters planned for Wednesday.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have officially informed Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue of their intention to join the nationwide strike from noon until 4pm.

A spokesman for the service said it would inevitably impact on its ability to deliver “business as usual”, but 999 calls would be answered.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “As good practice the service maintains and tests business continuity plans for all eventualities.

“Consequently the service is prepared to maintain an emergency response during any period of strike.”

There are around 20 FBU members in Lincolnshire – around 20 in Spalding.

The strike has been called over a row about pensions.

The Government has called the strike “unnecessary and avoidable” and said its offer to release full pensions to firefighters when they reach 60 is “generous”.

But the FBU said: “It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families when they are in their late 50s – the lives of the public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.”