West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service urges people to protect themselves and take extra care if planned strike action by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) goes ahead next Saturday, October 19th.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) has robust contingency plans in place to minimise the impact of strike action and to maintain emergency services to the public.
The FBU is involved in a dispute with the UK government over changes to firefighter pensions, and has called for a second round of national strike action between 6.30 pm and 11.30 pm on Saturday night.
WSFRS expects to have fewer resources available and will be challenged in meeting normal emergency response times. However, experience from the first strike action in September has shown contingency plans work, and this was helped by the public taking note of safety advice and reducing the number of 999 calls made.
Simple steps, like ensuring your home has a working smoke alarm, not leaving cooking or candles unattended, and extinguishing cigarettes properly can make the difference between needing to dial 999 or not.
The Fire & Rescue Service again urge residents, drivers, and businesses to take extra care, but to still dial 999 if they are needed for a genuine emergency. They will prioritise resources to calls where there is a risk to human life but they are still very much available if you need them.
West Sussex hope national strike action can be averted through further talks but will be ready to respond if it does take place.
Please reduce the risk to yourself by acting on the fire and road safety information that is available on the WSFRS website www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire , or by following on social media via Facebook, and Twitter @WestSussexFire #takeextracare.