Friday, 20 June 2014

Road users targeted ahead of more Fire Brigades Union industrial action

Road users are in the spotlight as East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service prepares for a strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

A seven hour walk out will begin at 10am on 21 June as part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

While the Service will be able to respond to life threatening emergencies, cover will be reduced and the public are being urged to do all they can to help stay safe.

Saturdays are often busy on the roads in East Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove. Motorists heading off to the shops, on visits or running the family around share the roads with cyclists and motorbikers. 

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Officer Des Prichard said:

“Please don’t be tempted to drive if you have had a drink. Alcohol will slow down your reaction time and taking a risk on driving if you have had alcohol is irresponsible and incredibly dangers. Sussex Police are in the middle of their summer drink drive campaign so don’t take the risk.

And can we finally remind drivers not to use their mobile telephones or text messages when driving. There are an increasing number of accidents due to people reading and sending text messages when driving. Please don’t do this, it is highly dangerous and ca lead to serious injuries and people being killed.”

We won’t have as many crews available as usual and so cover will be reduced to prevent the need to call 999.  Our advice remains the same if you do have a fire, get out, stay out and dial 999. ”

Safety advice can be found at www.esfrs.org

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