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Dorset Fire Fighters To Strike On Christmas Party Weekend

Dorset Fire And Rescue Engine

7:49am 12th December 2013
(Updated 5:10pm 12th December 2013)

They'll be fewer firefighters responding to emergencies in Dorset on the busiest Christmas Party weekend.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union are walking out again in the continuing row over pension's tomorrow night (13th December) and Saturday night (14th December).

Dorset Fire Chiefs say they'll have prioritise emergency calls and are asking to only call in a real emergency.

Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer said: "Whilst the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking people to only call 999 if they really do need a fire engine."

"Our priority will be to respond to those priority calls where a life 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."

"A non-emergency call could be to someone who is locked outside their house or where debris has fallen in the road. There are other agencies and organisations that can help in this instance."

Darran added: "We do find ourselves in an unusual situation where we must prioritise our calls for those who are most in need of our assistance. However, I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced control room operator can deal with your situation. You must not try and call your local fire station directly."

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