Dorset's On-Call Firefighters Holding the Fort During Strike Action
8:31am 11th June 2014
Dorset is being warned over safety issues ahead of 24 hour strike action by firefighters tomorrow (Thursday 12th June).
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are walking out in the long-running dispute with the Government over pension reforms.
Dorset Fire and Rescue (DFRS) say they're well prepared to deal with strike action but they will be providing a reduced emergency response service.
Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer issued this warning to people living in Dorset:
"While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls. Our priority will be to respond to those calls where lives may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued. If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need, could be at risk, so please only ring 999 if a fire engine is really needed."
He added: "We are urging members of the public to take extra care to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home or on our heathland. Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or careless disposal of cigarettes. The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week."
The FBU will stage another day of strikes on the 21st June from 10am - 5pm.