Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Latest Fire Brigades Union strike ends - seven incidents attended

The latest industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union has ended, with normal cover being resumed by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

Crews made of non FBU members attended seven incidents during the strike which took place on Christmas Eve between 7pm and midnight. These were:
  • a wash down of the road at the the scene of a road traffic collision in Pevensey
  • a flat fire in Hastings where one person was taken to hospital
  • reports of a woman trapped on the roof of a car in fast moving water in Piltdown. The police also attended and the woman was successfully rescued.
  • a car in water at Bodium
  • a fire in open in Wadhurst
  • a fire in an electrical box in Blackboys
Additionally a crew was mobilised but then stood down after an automatic fire alarm was triggered.

This was the first of three planned strikes over Christmas and New Year in the FBU’s ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions. The next strike takes place on New Year’s Eve between 6.30pm and 12.30am.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will continue to respond to incidents but will focus on emergencies, particularly those where lives are in danger. You should take extra care whether you are going out our celebrating at home.
  • Plan how you are going to get home well in advance and make a clear choice between drinking or driving. Remember that you could still be over the limit on the morning after.
  • Have a New Year’s Eve that you remember for the right reasons – these tips from Drinkaware could help you to have an even more enjoyable night and keep you out of trouble.
  • Take care in the kitchen as more than half of accidental house fires are started by cooking. Drinking alcohol puts you at greater risk in the kitchen, so a takeaway could be your safest option after the pub.
  • If you’re celebrating at home remember to switch off Christmas lights and snuff out candles before you go to bed and cigarettes ends should be stubbed out and disposed of carefully.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your house and know how to get out safely in an emergency.
There is a further strike by FBU members between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday 3rd January. Check our website for further safety advice.

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