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Residents urged to take extra care ahead of firefighter strike action

12 November 2013

Residents are being urged to take extra care as firefighters plan to strike for a fourth time on Wednesday 13 November between 10:00hrs -14:00hrs.

Dene Sanders, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The Service continues to be tested by this national dispute but is continually assessing and reviewing its contingency plans so that the best possible service can be delivered to the community at times of strike action. We will continue to put on an adequate service during this time and to achieve this we need to draw on some of our current staff as well as reservists to provide that service.

“I would urge residents to take extra care around the home, at work and on the regions roads to reduce the likelihood of incidents occurring,” DCFO Sanders added.
The fire service will still be responding to 999 calls during the strike with those calls where there is a risk to life being a priority. With reduced fire cover, adopting fire safe behaviour becomes increasingly important. Steps residents can take to stay safe from fire are:

• Fit smoke alarms and test them regularly
• Never leave cooking unattended
• Plan and practise your escape route
• Switch off appliances before going to bed – including your cooker
• Close all internal doors to prevent a fire from spreading
• Share fire your safety plans with family and friends and look out for the elderly
• Take extra care in the regions roads

“The safety of those in our community remains a priority throughout periods of industrial action, but I urge residents to play their part. These tips may seem obvious but by adhering to them it will reduce the risk of an accident happening and keep our community safer,” DCFO Sanders said.

Further safety advice and updates about the industrial action can be found by following us on twitter @humbersidefire