17 December 2013
SFRS will continue to respond to all emergency calls.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has been informed that members of the Fire Brigades Union in Scotland will hold industrial action short of a strike on 24 December and between 27 and 29 December.
The first period of industrial action will consist of a refusal to work voluntary overtime by firefighters and control room personnel between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday 24 December.
The second period will consist of a refusal to work voluntary overtime by firefighters, and will not include personnel working in control, between 7pm on Friday 27 December and 7pm on Sunday 29 December.
Members of the public should continue to call 999 if there is an emergency as contingency arrangements are in place and throughout the period of industrial action short of a strike SFRS will continue to respond to all emergency calls as normal.
Our current safety campaign - Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire - highlights that many fires in the home could be prevented if some simple precautions had been taken, so everyone can lower the risk in their homes and raise the chance of everyone getting to safety if there is a fire.
Cooking appliances should never be left unattended while they are in use, smoking materials should be fully extinguished, and anyone smoking or cooking while under the influence of alcohol must take extreme care.
Every home should be protected by working smoke alarms, which buy vital time for people to escape and for help to arrive if there is a fire in the home.
Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said: “The industrial action being taken by the Fire Brigades Union relates to an on-going dispute between the FBU and the UK Government.
“This is not a dispute with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and we will continue to engage in constructive and positive dialogue with both the Fire Brigades Union and the Scottish Government in relation to the pension dispute.”