Friday, 3 January 2014

Normal cover resumes following Fire Brigades Union strike

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has resumed normal cover arrangements following this morning’s industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

Crews made up of non-FBU members were on duty during the strike between 6.30am and 8.30am and responded to one incident in Brighton. An officer was sent to assist following reports of a person locked in a property.

Thank you to members of the public for following safety advice during the three FBU strikes over the Christmas and New Year period and helping East Sussex Fire and Rescue to focus on real emergencies.

With wind, rain and flooding forecast for Friday and the weekend, members of the public are urged to remain vigilant and follow our advice:
  • Keep up to speed with the latest flood warnings for Sussex from the Environment Agency and follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for updates and advice.
  • Stay away from the seafront – high tide, wind and waves will cause dangerous conditions, particularly at high tide at midday and midnight on Friday.
  • Don't risk your safety by going near flooded rivers - the water may be moving much faster than you think.
  • If you have dogs, keep them on a lead near rivers or the sea so they stay safe as well.
  • Don't walk through flood water - you don't know what's under the water line.
  • If you are driving, slow down and keep your distance from the vehicles in front of you. Don’t attempt to drive through flood water and stay alert to hazards such as fallen trees or branches. Check your route before you set off at http://www.sussex.police.uk/

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