Be alert to dangers while firefighters are on strike

This Is Wiltshire: Be alert to dangers while firefighters are on strike Be alert to dangers while firefighters are on strike

WILTSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people to take extra care when firefighters go out on strike tonight.

As part of a national dispute between the Fire Brigades’ Union and the Government over pension reforms, firefighters will be walking out for five hours from 7pm on 24 December.

The Fire & Rescue Service will be providing a reduced emergency response, although fire cover is being maintained across the county.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones said: “Obviously Christmas Eve is a time when people just want to relax and enjoy the start of the holidays with family and friends.

“Although we will have reduced resources, and it may therefore take us a little longer than usual to arrive, I would reassure people that, if they have an emergency and ring 999, we will respond.”

He said these tips will help families stay safe: Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted and test them regularly.

Don’t leave cooking unattended.

Businesses should ensure that any staff members working on the evening of Christmas Eve are briefed on what to do in an emergency. l Drive to the speed limit and to the conditions – and don’t drink and drive.

Should you have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999 – the Fire & Rescue Service will respond.

The FBU has said it will strike from 6.30pm to 12.30am on New Year’s Eve and from 6.30am to 8.30am on 3 January.

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10:51am Tue 24 Dec 13

trolley dolley says...

Lets hope there are no fatalities during their strike timetable.

As an emergency service they are a disgrace.
Lets hope there are no fatalities during their strike timetable. As an emergency service they are a disgrace. trolley dolley

12:27pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Mango man says...

Another fire strike blah blah blah, yes we know you're not best pleased with your proposed new conditions of pay and pension age etc but just accept it's going to happen and get back to work. You've had so many little strikes that no one is actually taking much notice anymore, especially when it highlights how little you do when we are told the next day there weren't any call outs over the relevant time period. Merry Christmas
Another fire strike blah blah blah, yes we know you're not best pleased with your proposed new conditions of pay and pension age etc but just accept it's going to happen and get back to work. You've had so many little strikes that no one is actually taking much notice anymore, especially when it highlights how little you do when we are told the next day there weren't any call outs over the relevant time period. Merry Christmas Mango man

3:34pm Tue 24 Dec 13

swindondad says...

Nice to see they will be clocking back on for the double time on Christmas Day.
Nice to see they will be clocking back on for the double time on Christmas Day. swindondad

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