Thursday, 5 June 2014

Safety call as new pensions dispute strike dates are announced

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is warning that cover will be reduced as members of the Fire Brigades Union walk out. The industrial action is part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Non-FBU members and officers will respond to life-threatening emergencies during the strikes on:

* 12 June for 24 hours commencing at 9.00am  
* 21 June for 7 hours commencing at 10.00am

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said: “In previous strikes, we have been able to prioritise life threatening incidents and deal effectively with the emergency situations we’ve been called to. We will continue to do this and so ask the public to make sure they do their bit.

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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