Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Emergency cover will be provided throughout strike

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will provide emergency cover throughout industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

The FBU have announced that strike action regarding the national dispute over pensions, will take place on Wednesday 25th September 2013, between 12.00 (noon) and 16.00. At this stage we do not know if further dates will be announced.

Chief Fire Officer Des Prichard said:

“We are ready to respond to emergencies. We have contingency crews made up of experienced, qualified and fully fit firefighters who are not members of the FBU.  We have only just received confirmation of the time and date of the industrial action and are finalising the specifics of our arrangements to provide cover. Further details will be released closer to the time.

Our message remains - if you have a fire during the industrial action, dial 999, get out and stay out. Our control room staff will answer and deal with the calls in the usual way. We will give priority to emergencies where lives are at risk and would ask all members of our communities to think about how they can help stay safe while this industrial action takes place.”

Stay Safe campaign launch

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is launching a new campaign to help people Stay Safe during industrial action.

Over the coming days, we will use our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels to promote advice to those living, working and visiting East Sussex and Brighton & Hove City.

We would ask homeowners to remember the following:

  • Fit smoke alarms on each floor in your home, keep them dust-free, and test them once a week. Consider buying a ten-year alarm; otherwise change the batteries every year.
  • Take special care when you are tired or when you've been drinking. Most domestic fires happen between 10pm and 8am.
  • Make an escape plan so that everyone in your home knows how to escape in the event of a fire.
  • Keep the exits from your home clear of obstructions so that people can make their escape if there is a fire. Make sure that occupants can find keys for doors and windows easily.
  • Take care in the kitchen - accidents while cooking account for 59% of fires in the home. Never leave young children unsupervised in the kitchen.
  • Take extra care when cooking with hot oil; if you don't use one already, consider buying an electric thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended and ensure that they are in a secure holder on a heat-resistant surface away from flammable materials.
  • Don't overload electrical sockets. Remember one socket - one plug!
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Don't leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby as this could cause a fire. Always switch it off and unplug it when not in use.
  • Ensure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully and never smoke in bed.

Further advice and information can be found at www.esfrs.org

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