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Firefighters to strike for second time in as many months
12:23pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS from Cumbria will go on strike for the second time in as many months tomorrow as a result of an ongoing dispute over pensions.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will strike between 6.30pm and 11.30pm on Saturday.
It comes after firefighters walked out for four hours last month in a dispute over changes to the national pension scheme.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) is asking people in the county to minimise the risks of fire and avoid making unnecessary 999 calls.
The strike means CFRS will be operating a reduced emergency response when industrial action takes place.
While 999 calls will continue to be answered as normal, CFRS' response to incidents where life is considered to be in danger will be prioritised.
Although the service will try to attend all emergency calls, on occasion some incidents where life is not considered to be at immediate risk such as small fires and automatic fire alarms may receive a reduced or even no response.
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