Chichester and Bognor firefighters join national strike

Fire service strikes at Chichester on Wednesday, February 25 SUS-150225-145401001
Fire service strikes at Chichester on Wednesday, February 25 SUS-150225-145401001

FIREFIGHTERS in the Observer area are currently taking part in a national strike today in opposition to changes to their pensions.

Officers from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are currently involved in a 24-hour strike at Bognor and Chichester stations which are set to finish at 7am tomorrow, Wednesday February 25.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is currently in dispute with the government over changes to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme and conditions of service.

A statement said: “West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has robust contingency plans in place in the event of a strike.

“However, during any period of industrial action the service would have fewer resources available and would be prioritising life-threatening incidents, such as house fires and road traffic collisions where people are trapped.

“You should still dial 999 in an emergency but you can help by reducing the demand on emergency services, especially during industrial action.

“The message to residents, businesses, and people travelling in West Sussex during any possible strike action is to take extra care.”