Warwickshire firefighters staging two more strikes

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The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has confirmed that firefighters

in England and Wales are to stage more strikes.

These are planned for Friday, 1 November, for four and a

half hours in the evening from 6.30pm to 11pm and for two

hours on Monday morning, 4 November, from 6am to 8am, over

its on-going dispute with Government over proposed changes

to pensions.

Gary Phillips, Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Warwickshire

said: “It is regrettable that the FBU has announced further

strike dates in the on-going pensions dispute with

Government, especially as the new dates called are so close

to Bonfire Night when demands on the Fire and Rescue

Service can be higher.

“Warwickshire FRS will once again implement its contingency

plan to provide the best possible fire service to the

community while strike action takes place.

“This strike will be held on a Friday evening at the end of

the working week when people are relaxing and we’d like to

call on everyone to be extra vigilant over safety in the

home.

“We’d also like to call on people to take extra care on the

roads on Friday evening and on a busy Monday morning.

“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 ”

Top tips for Bonfire Night safety:

Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe

distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers.

Only adults should deal with firework displays and the

lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the

safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.

2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a

time.

3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using

a torch if necessary.

4. Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and

stand well back.

5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from

fireworks.

6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.

7. Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.

8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.

9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.

10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are

made safe before leaving.