FfbuLDNire Authorities have received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) of another period of strike action on Wednesday 13 November from 10am-2pm.

The FBU have also announced that they intend to ballot their members to seek their views on widening the action to include industrial action short of strike action, which does not affect the position in relation to strike action. 

A range of contingency arrangements will again be put in place across the country to provide emergency cover during periods of disruption including the use of auxiliary firefighters.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “We are very disappointed that a negotiated settlement still has not been reached in this national dispute. The safety of our communities is, and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public we will continue to provide a professional emergency response throughout any period of disruption.

"We will respond promptly to all emergency calls received and the community volunteers who have come forward to be trained as auxiliary firefighters will play a large part in that response. During previous industrial action our auxiliary firefighters have performed really well, and gained further experience and on the job training. Again we are asking members of the public to take extra care in order to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes, businesses and communities."