Firefighters’ strike will hit Lincolnshire

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Wednesday 2.20pm: The county’s fire chief says a planned national strike by firefighters will hit the fire service, but he is confident it will continue answering 999 calls.

Tomorrow is the earliest day for possible walkouts as firefighters row with the Government over pensions and Lincolnshire fire chief Dave Ramscar is urging the public to take extra care while the fire service is under pressure from industrial action.

Mr Ramscar said: “Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the county.

“We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.

“We would continue to remind people to take extra care when going about their daily business, and that there is further safety advice available on or on Twitter @LincsFireRescue”.

The Fire Brigades Union says thousands of firefighters could face the sack without access to a proper pension simply because they are getting older – and firefighters are being asked to pay far more into their pension scheme while more than half will be sacked before they retire.