Fire warning ahead of planned strikes

Chief fire officer Darran Gunter

Chief fire officer Darran Gunter

First published in News

RESIDENTS are being urged to take extra care during planned fire service strikes next week.

Industrial action is planned from 9am for 24 hours next Thursday, and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 21.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service will be providing a reduced emergency response service but is asking the local community to protect themselves from the risk of fire.

The service will be using on-call firefighters to crew around half of the normal amount of fire engines.

Chief fire officer Darran Gunter said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls. Our priority will be to respond to those calls where lives may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued.

“If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need, could be at risk, so please only ring 999 if a fire engine is really needed.”

He added: “We are urging members of the public to take extra care to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home or on our heathland.

“Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or careless disposal of cigarettes.”

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11:27am Thu 12 Jun 14

Micke12 says...

How many stoppages have they had now???

Seems to me that they should either accept what is on offer, or call an all out, long-term strike. 24 hour strikes have no effect and only cause minimal inconvenience, whereas a long-term strike will force the employers, and the government, who I suspect, are working in the background with the employers, and they will be forced to make some movement to end a long-term strike.

I don't like to see any emergency service on strike, but these people put their lives on the line, day in, day out, 365 days of the year, and they earn every penny they get, and fully earn their pensions.

Quite surprised actually, that this service is not subject to a no-strike agreement, like most of the other emergency services and the prison service.
How many stoppages have they had now??? Seems to me that they should either accept what is on offer, or call an all out, long-term strike. 24 hour strikes have no effect and only cause minimal inconvenience, whereas a long-term strike will force the employers, and the government, who I suspect, are working in the background with the employers, and they will be forced to make some movement to end a long-term strike. I don't like to see any emergency service on strike, but these people put their lives on the line, day in, day out, 365 days of the year, and they earn every penny they get, and fully earn their pensions. Quite surprised actually, that this service is not subject to a no-strike agreement, like most of the other emergency services and the prison service. Micke12
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