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Dorset Fire Fighters Out On Strike

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Published at 7:37am 9th December 2014.

Firefighters in Dorset will be walking out today for 24 hours in a row with the government about changes to their pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will strike from 9am.

Dorset FBU Secretary Karen Adams says the government haven't left them any choice.

She told Wessex FM: "The Government are hell-bent on not trying to resolve this. We're doing everything we can and we've promised to call off the strikes."

"All we're asking for is for this to be debated in the House of Commons."

Area Manager for Dorset Fire and Rescue, Craig Baker says contingency plans are in place.

He told Wessex FM: "We have some applicances that are unavailable but importantly we have approximately 50 percent of our fire engines available across the county."

Dorset Fire and Recuse are also offering this advice during the strike:

Here's important safety information from Dorset Fire & Rescue:

- Ensure that you have a working smoke alarm in your home.
- Plan and test your escape routes in the event of a fire or major incident. Keep exits clear, identify where door and window keys are kept should you need to escape in an emergency.
- Don't overload sockets. Use one plug in one socket or use a tested 'bar' type of extension lead rather than a 'block' type of adaptor.
- Switch off appliances at the wall when not in use
- Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach, preferably in a high cupboard or drawer.
- Place candles on a heat proof holder or dish. Ensure that it is not near flammable items such as wallpaper, curtains, nets etc. Never place candles on top of TV or DVD sets. These are highly combustible.
- Never leave cooking unattended to answer the phone, pop to the shops etc. Always turn it off.
- Do not smoke in bed. Ensure that all smoking materials are extinguished before you fall asleep.

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