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Bonfire appeal as firefighters go on strike
12:20pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
FIRE chiefs have appealed for people to switch any bonfire parties planned for tonight because of a firefighters' strike.
The industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union will be held between 6,30pm and 11pm, and people have been urged to only attend organised fireworks events and reschedule bonfires for another time.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, which covers East Yorkshire, said the strike would mean only half its operational resources will be available tonight and priority will be given to calls where lives may be at risk.
Allen Cunningham, the service's group manager for community safety in its central support division, said: "The fire service traditionally responds to a larger number of incidents over the bonfire weekend, with many of these call-outs to rubbish fires and illegal bonfires which have got out of control.
"These can put pressure on our resources when there may be a greater need for us elsewhere. Because of the strike action, we are urging people to take extra care and be extra vigilant about their safety."
Another firedighters' strike is due to be held between 6am and 8am on Monday in an ongoing row with the Government over pension ages.