Chippenham firefighters set to strike next week
1:53pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
Firefighters in Chippenham are set to strike on Wednesday, as part of a national dispute over pensions.
All of Wiltshire’s full-time stations will be closed for four hours from midday, with no service from Chippenham station, as well as Trowbridge, Salisbury, Swindon, Stratton and Westlea.
Emergency fire cover will be put in place during the strike, but Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has urged businesses to take extra fire safety precautions.
Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones said: “During the industrial action, we will still be responding to 999 calls, but it may take us a little longer than usual to arrive and, with larger premises, we may send a smaller attendance than usual in the first instance.
“We would therefore urge those people responsible for the safety of commercial or public buildings to be extra vigilant and to review their fire risk assessments.”
“Such risk assessments are required in law, so should already be in place. However, we would recommend that all fire safety measures are checked so that they continue to be adequate and appropriate, and both fire alarm and fire suppression systems should be checked to ensure that they work properly.”
Some of the county’s part-time stations may also be closed on Wednesday, with retained firefighters deciding whether to strike on the day.