Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Take care as crowds take to the coast and the red arrows take to the air.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) is urging drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads this week, as the crowds flock to Eastbourne's International Airshow – Airbourne. 

Airbourne takes place from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th August 2014 and offers a thrilling line up including military fast jets, helicopters, parachutists and incredible displays from aerobatics teams, including the Red Arrows. It promises to be a fantastic event as always, and ESFRS is keen for event visitors and other motorists on the road to take extra care when travelling, to ensure that a fun day is had by all.  

Eastbourne Borough Commander Dave Sheppard advised "We are still in a period of strike action by members of the Fire Brigades Union, due to the national dispute over pensions. We want motorists and motorcyclists travelling to the Airbourne event to be extra vigilant on the busy roads. 30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day at junctions. Simple safety measures such as staying alert, observant and anticipating the actions of others could avoid serious injury. And to all the motorcyclists out there, wearing appropriate safety gear to stay visible will help get you to your destination safely”.  Dave also went on to add “Also a note of warning to all pedestrians on the streets.  Please take greater care and be extra vigilant when moving around the town, as the increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic could pose a greater risk than normal. Just be alert and stay safe”.

The FBU strike action will take place every day between noon and 2pm and 22:59 and 23:59, until Saturday 16th August.  

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