Wednesday, 25 September 2013

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service resumes normal cover

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has resumed normal cover following a four hour strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union in the national dispute over pensions.

The industrial action took place on Wednesday 25th September 2013, between 12.00 (noon) and 16.00. FBU members have now returned to their normal duties.

During the strike, operational staff who are not members of the FBU provided cover throughout East Sussex and Brighton and Hove City.

We received 4 emergency calls. Three were false alarms linked to automatic fire alarms. As is routine with automatic fire alarms, checks were carried out by staff at the locations and they confirmed we did not need to attend.  The fourth was also a false alarm to reports of a vehicle fire.

We also received a request from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for assistance in dealing with a bus fire and sent a contingency crew for support.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said:
“We hope that this ongoing dispute between central Government and the FBU can be resolved swiftly. We cannot rule out the possibility of further industrial action by members of the Fire Brigade Union. We would therefore remind people of the need to check their fire safety measures in order to keep themselves and those around them safe.”

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