FIRE fighters across North Devon are set to strike this evening.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced today as a second strike date, after planned strikes for Saturday October 19 were called off to allow for further negotiations.
The planned strikes today are due to take place between 6.30 and 11pm over Government plans for pension reforms.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary said: “The FBU has been very reasonable, but we are now faced with broken promises and those in power evading their responsibilities.
“Firefighters don’t want to go on strike, but we are left with no option when the government and the employers refuse to deal with the problems of their own making.”
Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Lee Howell, said the Fire and Rescue Services had contingency plans which would have been put into place ahead of today.
"The majority of our stations will be available," he added. "Our plans worked well during the first period of action, but we are asking the public to help us again by taking extra care.
“We will continue to respond to 999 calls and do everything we can to keep the public safe.
But Devon and Somerset Fire is warning people across North Devon to take extra care on Friday.
Phil Martin, head of community fire safety for the service, said: “You can help us again by taking extra care and time to think about fire safety in your home during this period.
“Checking smoke alarms, ensuring you know what you would do if there was a fire and not making unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service. “
Here are Devon and Somerset Fire’s advice for taking care in your home:
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service’s advice is to take extra care with these six steps:
• If you haven’t already got one, install a smoke alarm and test it every week
• Take extra care in the kitchen - this is where most fires start
• Check your electrical appliances - turn them off and don’t overload sockets
• If you smoke, put cigarettes out properly
• Sleep safe - check everything in your home every
• Plan a safe escape - make sure you know how to get out of your home in an emergency