Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Avon Fire and Rescue Service expected to run as normal after second strike called off by Fire Brigades Union
FIREFIGHTERS will not be going on strike this weekend after “progress” in talks has temporarily stalled industrial action.
The national strike was expected to last five hours on Saturday, October 19 from 6.30pm to 11.30pm by members of the Fire Brigades Union.
AFRS chief fire officer Kevin Pearson said: “This is a national dispute over which Avon Fire Authority has no control. Although we have contingency arrangements in place, the reality is we will not be in a position to provide the excellent emergency response we usually do.
“In the lead up to and during the strike I would ask local people to take steps to ensure their homes and businesses are as safe as possible.
“Although it’s good practice at anytime, it’s particularly important during a period when our emergency response capability will be reduced.”
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service also confirmed that they would run as normal.
“Everything will be normal now. There will be no strikes at the weekend,” a spokeswoman said.
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