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Reassurance strike action won't affect fire service
THE county's fire service has reassured residents any strike action won't affect their ability to deal with emergencies - but warned it could impact on response times.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union last week voted to take strike action in a row over pensions.
Industrial action could take place nationwide after 78 per cent of union members said they were prepared to strike when they were balloted last week.
But Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service say it will be business as usual in the event of any industrial action that may take place.
Mick Osborne, Head of Service Delivery for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "I want to reassure the public that we will be answering emergency calls and responding to them during any periods of industrial action
"We have prepared a robust business continuity plan in case a strike happens, which has enough capacity to allow us to continue to deliver a safe level of cover across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
"However, should any industrial action take place, there is inevitably going to be an impact on our usual response times. We would urge the public to be vigilant during any planned strike periods to help reduce unnecessary calls, and to take extra precautions to prevent fires in their homes and businesses.
"We are still very hopeful that a compromise can be reached between the government and firefighters and that our business continuity arrangements will not have to be tested. However, we can assure those communities that we serve that everything will be done in order to protect them in the event of any emergency."
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