The fire service will go on strike for a fourth time in its continuing dispute over retirement age and pensions.
The Fire Brigades Union announced today (Tuesday) that its members will go on strike for four hours between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday next week.
Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire services are all expected to be affected.
The strike is a reaction to the Government’s plan to raise the pension age for firefighters from 55 to 60.
The Fire Brigades Union fears the plans will put lives at risk.
It claims firefighters will be forced to work longer than they are physically able to, or will have to retire early without a pension.
Firefighters from the area joined their colleagues across the country in staging a strike on September 25, as well as Friday and Monday, over the same issue.
Assistant chief fire and rescue officer Steve Lunn said: “If this strike action does take place, it will be the fourth period of planned action in the last few weeks.
“Our plans to deal with the periods of strike action are now extremely well developed and we are very appreciative of the support that we are receiving from the public and our partner agencies.
“To prepare for the strike action, I would once again ask residents and businesses to view the safety advice we have on our website. These simple steps will increase the safety of your homes and places of work when strike action is taking place. In addition, we would urge drivers to take extra care while they are out on the roads during this time.
“I would like to reassure our communities that whilst the strike action is under way, our contingency plans will ensure that you will continue to receive an emergency response from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service with the reduced resources we will have during this period.”
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has urged residents and businesses to again visit their strike safety webpages in a bid to reduce the number of call outs.