Latest Firefighters Strike Goes Ahead
11:01am 21st June 2014
Dorset firefighters warn public to take care over strike period
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have advised residents to take extra care today as the service takes industrial action, as part of a strike taking place across England and Wales.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union will strike from 10am to 5pm today in a row over a new pensions scheme proposed by the government, which they say is 'unworkable'.
The DFRS will still be operational, however services are greatly reduced and officers have warned the public to check smoke alarms, plan possible escape routes and avoid doing anything which may put themselves at high risk of fire.
Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter said that the service would still be operational but warned that residents would need to take responsibility to make themselves safer.
'We have put plans in place to ensure Dorset Fire and Rescue is able to respond to incidents, but we would ask 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 careless disposal of cigarettes. The best advice we can give is for everybody to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week.'
He also urged anyone who sees anyone suspicious to call Dorset Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.