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Fire Strike in Cornwall "May Mean Staff Shortages"

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5:48am 18th September 2013

Cornish fire bosses tell Pirate FM plans are in place to cope with a strike.

Duchy crews will be among those staging a four hour walk-out next Wednesday over pensions.

We are told major fires, serious flooding or crashes will be covered.

But the council admits it may mean staff shortages. 

A spokesperson for County Hall said: "Over the past few weeks, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has prepared robust contingency plans to maintain minimum levels of cover for dealing with major fires, serious flooding or road traffic collisions etc.

"However, the reduced staffing levels mean that CFRS will not be able to respond to non emergency situations such as automated fire alarms from businesses or other non essential activities. Prevention advice and guidance has been prepared for businesses and residents and is available on the Council’s website.

"CFRS is working closely with partners such as the police and ambulance services to ensure emergency services are maintained throughout any industrial action."

CFRS Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said: “This is a national dispute between members of the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over proposed changes to pensions and is not directed against Cornwall Council or Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. 

"While the industrial action will inevitably have an impact on fire and rescue services, residents in Cornwall will not be left without emergency cover in life threatening situations.”

5:48am 18th September 2013

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