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Fire and rescue service received no calls during this morning’s strike

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike.
Photo by: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike. Photo by: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

 

TYNE and Wear Fire and Rescue Service says it received no calls and no incidents were attended during the first day of discontinuous industrial action.

Firefighters walked out from 6am until 8am this morning as part of the ongoing dispute between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the government over pensions.

Today marked the first of eight days of discontinuous strike action, which will take place until next Monday, July 21.

The next walk-out is planned for this evening, between 5pm and 7pm, and this pattern will continue until Friday morning.

On Friday evening firefighters are set to walk out from 11pm until 1am on Saturday, when they will again walk out between 11am and 1pm.

They then strike between 11pm and 1am on Sunday morning, before the strike returns to the weekday pattern of 6am until 8am and 5pm until 7pm on the last day of action.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Community Safety Chris Lowther said: “People can help keep themselves and their property safe by ensuring they have working smoke alarms on every level of their property.

“They give you early warning of a fire and can mean the difference between life and death, providing you with extra time to get out safely, especially at night. Residents should also have an escape plan, in the event of a fire, and ensure that everyone in the property knows it.

“More than 60% of house fires we attend start in the kitchen, so we are reminding people to take extra care when cooking. Never leave cooking unattended, do not use chip pans and do not cook when under the influence of alcohol, where you could easily forget about your cooking, or worse, fall asleep. Also be careful not to get distracted by children or visitors.

“Businesses and organisations should ensure their fire risk assessment is up to date and that their staff know what to do in the event of a fire at work. Finally, if you do have a fire, get out of the house, stay out and call 999.

“As the strike periods coincide with rush hour I would also encourage people to take extra care on the roads.”

For more information on how people can help stay safe from fire, visit www.twfire.gov.uk or www.facebook.com/twfrs, www.twitter.com/tyne_wear_frs or www.facebook.com/firekills

 

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