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London fire chiefs warn against amateur fireworks displays on Strike Friday
FIRE chiefs are warning people to cancel amateur fireworks displays on Friday (Nov 1) due to a national firefighters strike.
London Fire Brigade are encouraging people to attend organised displays instead due to the Fire Brigades Union strike planned for 6.30pm until 11pm.
The strike over government changes to pensions comes just before Bonfire Night, Diwali and also coincides with half-term, making it one of the busiest days of the year for the fire service.
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.”
A contingency fire and rescue service of 27 fire engines will operate, crewed by temporary firefighters.
“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 year’s Bonfire Night was the quietest on record with only 126 fires attended in London and was also the first time no-one was injured in a fire attended by the Brigade.
Another strike is planned for November 4 between 6am and 8am.
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