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Dorset Fire Fighters To Strike This Weekend

Dorset Fire And Rescue Engine

8:45am 16th October 2013
(Updated 8:46am 16th October 2013)

There will be fewer fire fighters to respond to emergency calls in Dorset on Saturday night (19th October).

A number of workers are going on strike in a continuing row over pensions and will walk out from 6:30pm to 11:30pm.

It's the second period of action following 4 hours of strike action last month.

Dorset Fire Chiefs say they'll be providing a reduced emergency response service and is asking residents to be careful around the home and vigilant of fires.

Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer, said: "While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home. Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings. 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.

He added: "Smoke detectors provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night. But a smoke alarm can only save your life if it is working and the battery is checked regularly."

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