Firefighters take new strike action

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FIREFIGHTERS are set to go on strike today for the fourth time in recent weeks.

Between 10am and 2pm, the latest round of industrial action will be held by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in opposition to the government’s proposed pension reforms.

But Hampshire Fire and Rescue is asking the public to remain vigilant.

And assistant chief officer, Neil Odin, is reminding people that HFRS resources will again be significantly depleted by the action.

He said: ‘We have been extremely grateful for the assistance of our communities in helping to reduce emergency calls during the periods of industrial action.

‘We have dealt with relatively few incidents during the previous strike periods, but we cannot afford to be complacent as we are again only likely to have around 50 per cent of our full capacity available to us.

‘We would again urge the public to continue to take that extra bit of care at home, at work and on the roads to help us all stay safe during Wednesday’s industrial action.’