Firefighters to go on strike over Halloween and Bonfire weekend

Firefighters in action in Hadleigh earlier this week

Firefighters in action in Hadleigh earlier this week - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Fire chiefs have insisted that Suffolk Fire and Rescue will be prepared for bonfire weekend, despite a four day strike from the Fire Brigade Union forcing a reduced service to be run.

The strike, which starts on October 31 at 6pm, will continue for four days until 6pm on November 4.

The fire service has strongly recommended people to attend puplic displays, and not to take unnecessary risks for those who will be holding displays of their own.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for public protection, said: “Given the reduced availability of firefighters and fire appliances, and the potential for increased risk, the public are strongly encouraged to be extra vigilant and safety conscious.”