Key facts ahead of national fire strike

Surrey News

Ahead of the planned national fire strike, please find more details below:

When is the fire strike?

From 7am on Wednesday 25 February 2015 until 7am on Thursday 26 February 2015.

Why is the strike happening?

The Fire Brigades’ Union strike is part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central government over proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions.

What fire cover will be provided?

Fire engines will be crewed by a combination of non-striking firefighters and personnel provided by Surrey County Council’s contingency contract with private company Specialist Group International (SGI) to help keep our residents safe.

Specialist Group International’s crews have all completed the necessary firefighters’ training which includes fighting a range of fires, wearing breathing apparatus and using specialist equipment to deal with vehicle accidents.

How many fire engines and staff will be available compared to normal non-strike cover?

Final figures will not be known until the strike begins…

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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