Safety warning as firefighters prepare to strike

Chris Lowther, assistant chief officer of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Chris Lowther, assistant chief officer of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
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PEOPLE across Wearside are being reminded to keep themselves extra safe as firefighters go on strike tonight,

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is encouraging residents and businesses to take extra care to protect themselves from the risks of fire ahead of the latest strike by the Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU).

The strike, part of an ongoing dispute between the FBU and the Government over pensions, will take place from 6pm tonight until 6pm on Tuesday, November 4.

Assistant chief fire officer Chris Lowther, at TWRFS, said: “We are encouraging everyone to take extra care during the latest period of industrial action.

“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.

“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.”

During the periods of industrial action, TWFRS will be providing a limited response service. There will be a reduced number of fire appliances which will be strategically placed across Tyne and Wear according to risk and the ability to maintain the best speed of response.