Firefighters belonging to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are striking again on Wednesday November 13th between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is involved in a dispute with the UK government over changes to firefighter pensions, and has called for the further round of national strike action.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) will still respond to emergencies during the strike action but appeal for people to take extra care and reduce the demand on 999 services.
The Fire and Rescue Service in West Sussex has contingency plans in place to minimise the impact and is confident emergency services to the public will be provided by non-striking staff and firefighters who are not members of the FBU. However, they expect to have fewer resources available and realise it will be challenging to meet normal emergency response times. Calls will be prioritised on those with the most potential risk to life so they appeal in particular to residents, businesses and road users to take a few simple steps and help protect themselves and reduce the risks to others.
Ensuring your home has a working smoke alarm, not leaving cooking or candles unattended, extinguishing cigarettes properly, or even planning a little extra time for your journey can make the difference between needing to dial 999 or not.
WSRFS hope the strike action can be avoided by meaningful negotiation. This is a national dispute and not one between West Sussex firefighters and WSFRS or the County Council. They therefore are not in a position to resolve it locally but do have a duty to prepare contingency plans and maintain services, for example during industrial action or other reasons for staff shortages.
They therefore again urge people to take extra care, but want people to know they are still there if they are needed, so still dial 999 if you have a genuine emergency.
For further advice on how to reduce risks please see the safety information that is available on their website: www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire , or by follow on social media via Facebook, and Twitter @WestSussexFire #takeextracare.