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Striking firefighters warn Richmond people against fireworks displays tonight
Firefighters urged people not to hold amateur firework displays because of a planned strike tonight.
The Fire Brigades Union strike over Government changes to pensions is planned from 6.30pm to 11pm on the Friday, November 1.
The strike falls on what is likely to be one of the busiest days for the fire service, the day before Bonfire Night, just before Diwali and in half term.
Richmond and Twickenham firefighters said they would be taking part in the strike, during which 27 fire engines will provide emergency cover across the capital.
The contingency plans will not match the London Fire Brigade’s day-to-day cover so during the strike fire engines may not be sent to less urgent and non life-threatening incidents.
People are encouraged to attend organised displays to reduce the chances of fires rather than setting off fireworks or lighting bonfires in gardens.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “Fireworks cause serious fires each year and bonfires can quickly get out of control which is why we’re urging people to attend organised displays on strike Friday.
“Serious emergencies will be attended, but smaller incidents won’t so we are calling on the public not to put themselves at risk by lighting fireworks and bonfires.”
Last bonfire night was the quietest on record with 126 fires attended in London, which is a fire every 12 minutes. It was also the first year that no one was injured by a fire attended by the brigade.
The Fire Brigades Union has also planned a strike on Monday, November 4, between 6am and 8am.
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