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FBU strike action - 13-06-15

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “The Fire Brigades Union confirmed this morning (Friday June 12) that they would be taking strike action from 6pm tomorrow evening (Saturday 13th June) until 9am the following morning (Sunday June 14).

“There is no lockout for any period before the times announced by the FBU. Our resilience arrangements will begin shortly before 6pm on Saturday and remain in place until after 9am on Sunday.

“Any strike action is unnecessary and premature. On Wednesday the Fire Authority approved its Risk Management Plan which features the largest ever consultation on the future shape of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. There is no point whatsoever striking over changes to the service which have yet to be consulted on, let alone decided.

“Emergency incidents have continued to fall over the last year, currently standing at 13,500 per year, which is a reduction of 14,500 incidents compared with 10 years ago. The service is changing with an ever-increasing focus on preventing incidents from occurring, protecting the public when an incident does occur and responding when we need to.

“We have strong and well-practised resilience arrangements in place to provide cover across the County during the strike, provided by professionally trained Essex firefighters. There is wealth of good advice available on our website and social media which will help to keep communities safe.”

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