Monday, 7 July 2014

Warning against complacency as further Fire Brigades Union strikes are announced

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling for the public to avoid becoming complacent during more industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.

A strike will take place on 10th July 2014 from 10.00 hours until 10th July 2014 at 19.00 hours.

The action is the latest in a series of walkouts in the national dispute over pensions.

Contingency crews will be on duty to respond to life threatening incidents, but cover is reduced.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said: “We have to face the fact that we do not have as many staff on duty to respond to incidents as non-strike days.

This makes it all the more important that members of the public take action to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.  Our advice remains the same – if you have a fire get out, stay out and call 999.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is also calling on businesses, community groups and employers to help spread the word.  A new poster has been created with safety messages, which can be printed out from the website .

Pass it on and Stay SAFE

Smoke alarms save lives – fit them properly and test them regularly
Avoid distractions – whether behind the wheel, out and about or cooking paying attention helps keep you safe
Family and friends might need help – check in on them and share our advice
Escape routes should be planned and explained to everyone in your home

People are being asked to help spread safety messages ahead of the strike. A new poster has been created, which can be printed out from the website to put up in offices, businesses, shops and blocks of flats.

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