UPDATE: Firefighters’ strike is called off

News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston
News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

Firefighters’ strike action planned for tomorrow has now been called off.

Friday 12.30pm - The action is over a row with the Government after it unveiled plans to raise the age of retirement for firefighters from 55 to 60.

The Fire Brigade Union is staging a five-hour walkout from 6.30pm and will only be responding to call-outs ‘serious emergencies’.

In a statement from the union’s general secretary Matt Wrack, said: “It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s: the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered. None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”

A spokesman for Lincs Fire and Rescue said: “We have plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the county. We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.

“We continue to remind people to take care when going about their daily business, and that there is further safety advice available on www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr and on Twitter @lincsfirerescue.”