Firefighters to return to the picket lines

Firefighters to return to the picket lines

Firefighters to return to the picket lines

First published in News

Firefighters are preparing to return to the picket line this weekend, as they prepare for a further strike, nine days after the longest walkout of their long-running dispute.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will strike from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, as part of a continued protest over proposed changes to their pension and conditions.

Full-time firefighters in Chippenham, and part-time retained officers in Pewsey and Calne will take part in the national protest, with back-up provided from alternative crews across the country, and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has warned the public to take extra care on Saturday.

Last Thursday firefighters completed their first 24-hour strike, which saw relief crews called to 20 incidents across the county, among these a car fire on the M4, a fire at a waste compactor in Royal Wootton Bassett, a tent fire in woods near Chippenham and a care worker locked out of a building in Marlborough, as well as two false alarms.

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