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Fire Brigades’ Union confirms further strikes

16 December 2013

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced today (Monday 16 December) that further periods of industrial action will take place over the Christmas period, this will also include action short of strike following a recent successful ballot of its members, including Control staff.

This discontinuous strike action and discontinuous industrial action short of a strike will take place at the time and dates below:

19:00hrs – 00:00hrs Tuesday 24 December: strike action (all firefighter members), industrial action short of a strike, namely a refusal to undertake voluntary overtime (all Control members).

19:00hrs Friday 27 December until 19:00hrs Sunday 29 December: industrial action short of a strike, namely a refusal to undertake voluntary overtime (all firefighter members).

18:30hrs Tuesday 31 December until 00.30hrs Wednesday 1 January 2014: strike action (all firefighter members).

06:30hrs – 08:30hrs Friday 3 January 2014: strike action (all firefighter members)

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dene Sanders, said: “The Service continues to be tested by this national dispute but is continually assessing and reviewing its contingency plans so that the best possible service can be delivered to the community at times of strike action. We will continue to put on an adequate service during strike action and to achieve this we need to draw on some of our current staff as well as reservists to provide that service, their efforts are very much appreciated.

“We have confidence in our robust plans that will enable us to provide an emergency response service and those plans proved successful during the last period of strike action. However the service will be reduced from what we can ordinarily provide and what the public expect,” DCFO Sanders added.

“As there will be fewer fire engines available to attend incidents during periods of industrial action it is even more important that people take extra care to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. I would urge everyone to ensure their homes have smoke detectors and to test them each week; by having working smoke alarms fitted in your home, you will be alerted quickly should a fire break out. Checking all appliances are turned off and closing all internal doors is a quick and simple task to help make sure a fire doesn’t start when you go to bed. I would also urge drivers to take extra care on the roads and businesses to take extra safety precautions,” DCFO Sanders said. Safety information and updates on the industrial action are available on the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service website at

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