East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is ready to respond to 999 calls during planned industrial action, and is urging members of the public not to make unnecessary calls when other organisations could be better placed to help.
The FBU have announced that strike action regarding the national dispute over pensions, will take place today, Wednesday 25th September 2013, between 12.00 (noon) and 16.00.
An emergency response will be provided during the strike and calls will be prioritised when lives are in danger or if someone needs rescuing.
Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said:
“If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need could be at risk. The sorts of non-emergency calls we often receive include people being locked out of their homes or seagulls which need rescuing. There are other agencies, individuals and organisations – for example animal rescue charities or locksmiths - that can be contacted in these cases.
We still want people to call 999 in an emergency, when lives or the public may be at risk. An experienced control room operator will answer the call as usual.”
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is also calling for people to double check their safety arrangements. A series of checklists and videos have been published on www.esfrs.org to help explain what safety measures can be taken.