FIREFIGHTERS from the Fire Brigades Union are set to strike this weekend in the latest action over pension reforms.
FBU members are set to strike between 6pm and 10pm on Friday, 13 December and Saturday, 14 December. The industrial action is part of a national dispute over Government pension reforms.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Safer Communities has issued advice to ‘help the public to help themselves’ while there is reduced fire cover.
ECFRS has resilience arrangements in place to ensure fire cover is maintained across the County but the public can play a part in keeping risk to a minimum. People are being urged to ‘Be Safer….Be Slower….Be Vigilant’.
“Fire engines will still be attending emergencies and the public should continue to dial 999 as normal,” said Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill.
“But anything we can do to reduce the number of non-emergency calls during the strike period on Wednesday will clearly assist us in ensuring our service delivery is directed to those areas where it is most needed.”
In advance of the strike, families are being urged to check their smoke alarms are working. Keep an eye on any vulnerable neighbours, friends and family and help them to check theirs. “If they don’t have one, you still have time to fit one,” said ACFO Hill. “Smoke alarms have proved time and again that they are invaluable life saving devices and with or without industrial action will give people early warning and time to escape a fire.
“In the event of a fire – get out, stay out, call the fire service out.
“We should all know how easily a fire can start and it is a good idea now to pay extra attention to the frequent causes of fire. Though we are issuing this advice now – it is good advice at all times.”