Just days after firefighters were praised for tackling a huge blaze on Eastbourne Pier, the Fire Brigades Union announced eight further days of industrial strike action.
The FBU will strike from 12-2pm and 10.59pm-11.59pm every day between Saturday, August 9 and Saturday, August 16.
This period of industrial action is just the latest move in the continuing dispute with the Government over firefighters’ pensions.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said, “It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to age 60.
“This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.
“We know it, and the public know it, but the Government will not listen to the evidence based case we have made to them.”
The previous FBU strikes took place as recent as July 20 and just as in those cases, emergency cover will be provided by contingency crews made of non-FBU members from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
ESFRS was able to respond to the alarm raised at Eastbourne Pier within 120 seconds and at its peak, more than 80 firefighters were on the scene tackling the blaze from across the county, highlighting how important it is to have a full-strength fire service available.
The fire service ask the public to take extra care during the period of industrial strike action along with the message ‘If you have a fire – get out, stay out and dial 999.
“We will respond.”
East Sussex firefighters were highly praised by Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited Eastbourne’s fire station in the wake of the pier blaze last week.
The first firefighters arrived on the scene two minutes after the alarm was sounded on the pier and at its peak, more than 80 firefighters were tackling the flames. Due to their efforts, half of the pier was saved from the fire.
For more information on the industrial strike action or for further safety advice, visit www.esfrs.org/about_us/in dustrialaction.shtml.