Friday, 13 June 2014

Public thanked as cover returns to normal after strike



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is thanking the public for taking extra care during the 24 hour-long Fire Brigades Union strike.

The industrial action – which is part of the national dispute over pensions – began at 9am on 12 June and ended at 9am on 13 June 2014.

Contingency crews attended a small number of calls:

  • A tree fire in Bexhill
  • A motorbike fire in Brighton
  • A small fire in the open in Seaford
  • Fire in house in Bexhill – crews wearing breathing apparatus and using a hose reel put out a fire which caused damage to the loft space.

Cover has now returned to normal.

A further strike is due to take place on 21 June from 10am for 7 hours.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said:

“This is a matter for the two parties involved – the Fire Brigades Union and the Government – and as Chief Fire Officer for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service I have no powers to resolve this. I have previously urged both sides in this dispute to do everything they can to reach an agreement and hope that this will not escalate further.

My priority is – as ever – keeping those living in and visiting East Sussex and Brighton and Hove safe during this period of disruption. Cover will be reduced but we will prioritise calls where people’s lives may be at risk. All those who are working during these strikes are fully trained and competent firefighters and officers. They are ready to respond to 999 calls.

We are calling on the public to be extra vigilant during the strike on Saturday 21st June.

Stay safe, enjoy the warm weather and the World Cup.”

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