The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that its
members in England and Wales will take strike action again
Firefighters will strike on Friday (December 13) and Saturday (December 14), both from
6pm to 8pm. These will be the fifth and sixth strikes
since the end of September over its ongoing dispute with
the Government over proposed changes to pensions
Rob Moyney, Area Commander for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue
“Sadly the FBU has announced further strike dates for the
evening of 13th and 14th December and we await developments
as to what action short of a strike may entail locally. I
can only repeat how regrettable this is and our hope that
this national dispute would have been resolved by now.
“Warwickshire FRS will once again implement its contingency
plan to provide the best possible fire service to the
community whilst strike action takes place.
“This strike will be held on Friday and Saturday evening
when people may be out doing their Christmas shopping or be
out visiting friends so we want the public to be extra
vigilant and take extra care on the roads.
“Equally people may be relaxing at home putting up their
Christmas decorations with lights and candles, whilst we
want people to enjoy this time in the run up to
celebrations, we also want people to be safe in their homes.
“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
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