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Fire brigade urges residents to be careful as firefighters strike today

PUBLISHED: 11:17 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:17 31 October 2014

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The fire brigade has said that it will be on a contingency service during the strike

London Fire Brigade are urging residents to take more care than usual in the run up to Bonfire Night after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced strike action in the days before the celebration.

It will be the 47th time the FBU have decided to strike in the union’s long running dispute with the government over changes to firefighters pensions. The strike will last a total of four days, taking place between October 31 and November 4.

The fire brigade says that a contingency service will be in place for emergencies, but are urging Londoners to be careful.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “We will have our contingency service in place to respond to emergencies as in previous strikes, but I would much rather have the full fire and rescue service provided by our staff, professional London firefighters. There will be twenty seven fire engines available across London but we will not be providing our usual service so people must take steps to prevent fires.

“Just last week, a stray firework caused a fire on scaffolding around a house in Brompton and on Saturday a firework was the suspected cause of a blaze that destroyed the balcony of a flat in Stratford. These incidents show how dangerous fireworks can be.

“I ask that you attend an organised firework show but if you are arranging your own display please carefully follow our fireworks code.

“I hope that the government and FBU are able to resolve this dispute soon in order that the Brigade can return to business as usual.”

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