Friday, 15 August 2014

Strike action continues

Normal cover has resumed following a two-hour lunchtime strike by the Fire Brigades Union.

FBU members walked out between noon and 2pm today (15th August), in the pensions dispute with Government.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service contingency crews, made of non-FBU members were mobilised to three incidents:

  • Two crews were called to a washing machine fire at 12.27pm in Belgrave Street, Brighton. No-one was injured and the fire was out on arrival.
  • A crew were mobilised to a fire in the open on the Town Farm Estate, Hailsham, at 12.41pm, which transpired was controlled burning.
  • Crews were mobilised to a nursing home, in Summerdown Road, Eastbourne, at 1.18pm which turned out to be a false alarm caused by dust.

A further strike will take place tonight between 10.59pm and 11.59pm and tomorrow at noon-2pm and 10.59pm and 11.59pm.

Residents across the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s area are being urged to keep extra safe during strike times:

  • It’s not too late to check your smoke alarms to ensure that they in good working order.
  • Have an escape plan in place – ensure that everyone knows how to evacuate safely and that everyone can find keys for doors and windows easily.
  • Avoid a late-night fry-up, especially when drinking, and opt for a takeaway instead.
  • Candles should never be left unattended and they should be in a secure holder on a heat-resistant surface, away from flammable materials.
  • One socket – one plug, don’t overload electrical sockets which can lead to electrical fires.
  • Matches and lighters should always be kept out of reach of children.
  • Cigarettes should be stubbed out and never smoke in bed.

Please remember - if you are in a property that is on fire, call 999, get out and stay out.

For full information about further strikes please go to:

Spread the word - take a look at our latest Text Tales campaign , giving advice on how to keep safe during the summer months. Feel free to download our posters, which you can display to help spread these messages and keep our communities safe. 

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