Firefighters in Rugby and across the country will go on strike again over the Christmas and New Year period.
The FBU have called further strikes in England and Wales on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and early January 2014.
These will be the seventh, eighth and ninth strikes since the end of September over its ongoing dispute with the Government over proposed changes to pensions.
Strikes will take place between:
- 7pm and midnight on Tuesday 24 December
- 6.30pm on Tuesday 31 December and 12.30am on Wednesday 1 January
- 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday 3 January
Greg Pace, Area Commander for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue said: “The FBU has announced further strike dates for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and early January 2014 when celebrations will be in full swing. We know people will want to enjoy a peaceful Christmas and welcome in the New Year in a joyous way.
“We urge people to be extra careful with Christmas lights, decorations and candles in the home and as careful out on the roads when going to or returning from celebration events.
“Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service will implement its contingency plan to provide the best possible fire service to the community whilst strike action takes place.
“Again to remind people we will be taking 999 calls during the strike but we won’t be able to respond to all requests as we anticipate a reduced level of cover. We have run a number of exercises to test our contingency planning to prepare for the strike.
“Our focus will be to prioritise calls where a life may be at risk or if someone needs to be rescued, our response must be to those most in need of our assistance.
“We would ask people to make 999 calls wisely so that only emergency calls are made but if in doubt then they must not hesitate to still call 999.
“We want the public to take extra care and have put safety information out and this can be viewed on our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue”
Please be extra vigilant during the strike in the run up to
Christmas with our top tips:
Christmas Fire Safety Tips
1. Never leave candles unattended. Keep decorations,
cards and wrapping paper away from candles, fires, lights
2. Make sure you switch off fairy lights. Unplug them
before you go to bed, or leave the house.
3. Ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on all
levels of your home. Test your smoke alarms weekly and
never remove batteries to power presents!
4. Never leave cooking unattended and avoid cooking whilst
drunk. The majority of fires start in the kitchen so this
is a high risk area. Always turn off kitchen appliances
when you have finished cooking.
5. Always use an RCD (residual current device) on outdoor
electrical equipment (This safety device can save lives by
instantly switching off the power if there is a fault and
can be found in any DIY store).
6. Don’t overload sockets – ensure only one plug per
socket. Always turn off plugs when they are not in use,
except those that are designed to be left on, like
7. Make sure cigarettes are extinguished properly and never
smoke in bed. Put it out, right out.
8. Check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas
to ensure their safety.
9. Keep candles, lighters and matches out of reach of
10. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the
British Standard (BS EN 60598) as these can go quickly out
11. Make sure you have an escape plan. Remember to keep
escape routes clear.
12. And finally, in the event of fire: get out, stay out
and call 999.
For more fire safety tips see the attached link