Monday, 9 June 2014

Celebrate the World Cup safely during the Fire Brigades Union strikes

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take care ahead of strikes by members of the Fire Brigades Union in their dispute with the Government over pensions.

These are taking place on:

* 24 hour strike from  9am on 12 June until 9am on 13 June
* 7 hour strike from 10am on 21 June

Non FBU members and officers will be on duty, prioritising life threatening incidents. However cover will be reduced.  If the worst happens and you do have a fire – please get out, stay out and call 999. We will respond.

Stay Safe

With the World Cup beginning on 12 June, and summer BBQ season finally arriving, people are asked to celebrate safely. 

Celebrating out and about
  • Take a taxi or walk home:  never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking alcohol, you’re risking your life and the lives of others
  • Pick up a takeaway rather than cooking when you get home: more than half of fire calls are kitchen fires – don’t let a snack attack wreck your home
  • Look out for each other, particularly around stretches of water: a quick dip in the sea, a river or lake could end in tragedy and put the lives of others at risk if they try to rescue you

BBQ safety tips
  • Set up your barbecue on level ground away from bushes, tents or buildings
  • Only use recommended fluids or firelighters and never petrol
  • Be careful when cooking fatty foods to avoid flare-ups
  • Drinking and cooking don’t mix – if you’re in charge of the BBQ, stay sober
If you have access to the internet, further advice is available on the East Sussex Fire and Rescue website or calling us on 0303 999 1000 and asking for the Community Safety team.

Operation Dragonfly

The strikes also coincide with Operation Dragonfly – a summer Drink or Drive campaign led by Sussex Police and supported by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

During June, motorists ordered to appear in court on suspicion of having committed a drink or drug-driving offence will have their names and details published online and made available to the media.

Road users in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with details about people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit

If you know someone is driving while over the limit call 999.

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