East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is fully committed to keeping communities safe and responding to emergencies if there is industrial action by firefighters.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union have voted in favour of strike action in a national dispute over pensions. No dates have been announced.
ESFRS has carefully assessed its resources, including the availability of operational personnel who are not members of the Fire Brigades Union.
Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said:
“This is a national dispute over pensions which we do not have the power to resolve at a local level. We do not know if or when any industrial action will take place, however we have been preparing for the possibility of this for many months. We have put in place a number of measures to help keep those living, visiting or working in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove safe.
If there is industrial action, the most important thing to remember is that if you do have a fire, get out of the building, stay out and call 999. We will continue to respond to emergency calls and will obviously prioritise those where lives are at risk.
We would also ask for the assistance of the public at this time. Whether it is in your home or your workplace, there are ways to reduce the risks of fire. Safety advice can be found on our website and we will provide additional information in the coming days.”
Advice for the home: www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/
Advice for businesses: www.esfrs.org/businessSafety/