Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Union members strike earlier this year. Picture by Laura Holme.
FIREFIGHTERS will strike at one of the busiest times of the year in an ongoing row over pension reforms.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out from 6.30pm to 11pm tomorrow (Friday) and again between 6am and 8am on Monday (4), ahead of Guy Fawkes Night.
Residents have been urged to take extra care with fireworks and bonfires and advised to attend an organised event.
Cover will be maintained by non-FBU members who will attend life-critical incidents such as house fires or road traffic incidents.
Fire control will not be affected by the strike and will operate as normal — people should still dial 999 in an emergency.
IW Council said calls would be assessed and resources deployed as appropriate.
Cllr Phil Jordan, cabinet member for public protection, said: "I would like to reassure residents that the council has detailed contingency plans in place to ensure that life-critical incidents are responded to by fully trained fire and rescue service officers, but it is very important that people understand that fireworks can increase the risk of fire — and the fire service’s ability to respond will be limited during the strike period.
"It is disappointing the government and the FBU have still failed to negotiate a satisfactory agreement which is resulting in further strike action. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do locally to prevent this strike going ahead as it is a disagreement at national level."
The government wants firefighters to work up to the age of 60 but the union says this is too old to be fighting fires.