Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes fire chiefs urge public safety vigilance as strike day is called

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Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Milton Keynes will be going on strike for one day next Wednesday (September 25).

Industrial action has been called over government proposals to do with fire service pensions, following protracted negotiations.

The executive committee of the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority will be meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to be updated on the situation.

Jason Thelwell, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s chief operating officer said: “A considerable amount of work has gone on behind the scenes to make sure we can continue to provide cover in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes in the event of industrial action.

“We will obviously prioritise emergency calls where lives are at risk, and we will continue to provide as much information as possible to help people avoid having a fire or other emergency – not just during strike periods, but all year round.”

Meanwhile the fire authority says members of the public should be aware of the situation and follow its tips for staying safe. Those are listed on the website http://www.bucksfire.gov.uk/BucksFire/News

Leading members of the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes branch of the FBU were unavailable for comment.