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South Yorkshire crews in strike action

Chief fire officer James Courtney, of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Chief fire officer James Courtney, of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Road users are being reminded to take extra care tomorrow morning as firefighters walk out on strike again.

Fire Brigades Union members in South Yorkshire are due to walk out from 6.30am to 8.30am.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is calling on people to drive safely on the morning commute as its 999 service will be severely affected.

The fire service attends, on average, about one road traffic collision every day in South Yorkshire.

Chief fire officer James Courtney, said: “We always ask people to take extra care on the roads in winter, but it’s especially important when our emergency response service will be severely depleted.

“Safe driving is mostly common sense, so paying attention to what you and other road users are doing, and driving to the road conditions, not the speed limit, will reduce your chances of having a collision.”

The industrial action is over government plans for firefighters to pay more into their pension pots and for firefighters to be expected to work until they are 60.

The move has left some fearing they will lose their jobs if deemed physically unfit for frontline duties.

 

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