Monday, 8 December 2014

Help us cut the need to call 999 during FBU strikes

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking for the public’s help in reducing the need to call 999 during a strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

They will stage a walk out from 9am on 9 December 2014 until 9am on 10 December 2014 as part of their ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions. 

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said: “We will still have crews on duty but they will be fewer in number than usual. This means we have to prioritise calls where lives are at risk.

The action of the public can help us at this time. By making sure they take extra care whether on the roads, in their homes or in their businesses, they can reduce the need to call 999.

Our advice remains the same though – if you do have a fire, call 999, get out and stay out. We will respond.”

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. Posters about fire and road safety can be downloaded and printed out to put up in offices, businesses, shops and blocks of flats.

Additional information

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