VIDEO: Public will remain protected during firefighter strike says chief
Lincolnshire’s Chief Fire Officer Dave Ramscar is urging the public not to hesitate to call 999 in an emergency as firefighters stage a four-hour walk out tomorrow in a national dispute over pensions from midday to 4pm.
Almost 80 per cent of Fire Brigades Union members voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot that ended earlier this month.
But union officials left the strike to the last possible moment to allow for the possibility of a negotiated settlement, which has not materialised.
The Government wants to raise the normal retirement age from 55 to 60 for all firefighters.
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But the union fears mass sackings as firefighters fail fitness tests as they get older and lose some of their pension.
Members say they wish to protect the professional service taxpayers pay for and receive a fair pension upon retirement.
In Lincolnshire, firefighters at all six full time fire stations, including Lincoln North and South, are set to strike.
Mr Ramscar stresses that Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue has plans in place to ensure it can provide emergency responses within the county.
See his video here: