Ahead of the planned national fire strike, please find more details below:
When is the fire strike?
From 7am on Wednesday 25 February 2015 until 7am on Thursday 26 February 2015.
Why is the strike happening?
The Fire Brigades’ Union strike is part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central government over proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions.
What fire cover will be provided?
Fire engines will be crewed by a combination of non-striking firefighters and personnel provided by Surrey County Council’s contingency contract with private company Specialist Group International (SGI) to help keep our residents safe.
Specialist Group International’s crews have all completed the necessary firefighters’ training which includes fighting a range of fires, wearing breathing apparatus and using specialist equipment to deal with vehicle accidents.
How many fire engines and staff will be available compared to normal non-strike cover?
Final figures will not be known until the strike begins. During the last strike from 9-10 December 2014 there were up to 11 fire engines, about half of our normal capability. The staff on shift during this strike period comprised SGI, non-striking firefighters and other staff.
Will firefighters be locked out of stations?
Firefighters will be free to access fire stations during strike hours. They will work and be paid as normal for the non-striking part of the shifts.
Will firefighters be allowed to picket outside their stations during the strike?
Striking firefighters can legitimately picket outside their place of work, providing they comply with the picketing code of practice.
Is there anything we can do to keep safe?
Non-striking firefighters and contingency personnel will crew as many fire engines as possible during the strike, although there will be fewer than normal.
We would ask the public to take extra care during this period.