DERBYSHIRE: Firefighters set to strike

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Following the result of the Fire Brigade Unions (FBU), national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has received notification that FBU members will take strike action tomorrow (Wednesday, September 25).

During these times, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. It is therefore essential that local communities take extra care and endeavour to prevent emergencies from occurring.

Following the recent launch of the Service’s community contract, DFRS is once again asking the communities of Derbyshire to take steps to provide the first wall of defence, protecting their loved ones from the risks of fire and taking responsibility for their own safety.

Area manager Bryan Bennett, spokesperson for DFRS, said: “While the industrial action is on-going, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service 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 and to take extra care when driving on the roads during this time.

“Fire can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings. It is essential that everyone ensures that they have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of their home, to provide vital early warning of a fire and give occupants crucial time to escape.

“I would urge everyone to visit our website, www.derbys-fire.gov.uk where there is a wealth of fire safety advice and information available.”

If you do have a fire do not try to tackle this yourself, get out, stay out and call 999, we will respond.

DFRS would like to reiterate that everyone needs to take extra care to prevent emergencies from occurring during the strike period, whether at home, travelling or whilst at work.

All details relating to strike dates and times will be uploaded and amended as necessary on the Service website, www.derbys-fire.gov.uk