A NORTH-East fire service has drawn up contingency plans ahead of next month’s firefighter strike.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out from 3pm on Sunday, May 4 until noon on Friday, May 9 as part of a national dispute over pensions.

Cleveland Fire Brigade said it had arrangements in place to provide emergency cover during periods of disruption, which included having professional firefighters supported by auxiliary firefighters.

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Ian Hayton, chief fire officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “We are disappointed that a negotiated settlement still has not been reached in this national dispute despite the talks between the FBU and the Government, and that further strikes have been announced over the May bank holiday.

“The safety of our communities is, and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public we will provide a professional emergency response throughout any period of disruption.

“We will respond promptly to all emergency calls received and the community volunteers who have come forward to be trained as auxiliary firefighters will play an important part in that response."

The fire service is asking members of the public to take extra care to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes, businesses and communities.

“Over the next week we will provide advice, support and guidance on how to stay safe in the press, online and distributed across Cleveland, so please take some time to access and read this potentially lifesaving information,” said Mr Hayton.