As Retained Fire Fighters prepare to commence industrial actions arising from limitations imposed on them. Issues such as the distance they can live from the station and the pay they get as part of their job which they are expected to be on 24 hour call. Meath County Council says it is engaging with the local crews,to maintain a response to emergency calls during the action, which is starting tomorrow.

Nationally there are 3,000 firefighters and over 2,000  are employed as retained rather than full-time firefighters.

In a statement the council says it has engaged with the local Strike Committee, which is composed of a representative from each of the county’s seven fire stations and they say they will continue to keep lines of communication open.

Rolling strikes on the 13th of June and all out strikes on the 20th of June will follow if the dispute is not resolved.

In the meantime Meath County Council are advising that the public should continue to use 999 or 112 calls in the case of an emergency.