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Cornish firefighters set to strike again tomorrow
2:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
UPDATE: The strike by Cornish firefighters has been postponed.
Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents and businesses to be prepared and to think about fire safety as further strike action by the Fire Brigades Union is announced.
The strike is set to take place from 6.30pm to 11.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, October 19.
CFRS Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said: “During the previous period of strike action in September, the conduct of all of our staff, both those taking action and those working, was exemplary throughout.
"The contingency plans that we put in place alongside the huge efforts made by those not taking strike action, kept Cornwall protected and safe throughout the duration. This was by no means a simple task and only highlights the dedication and determination of all Cornwall’s fire fighters.
"Once again, we have contingency plans in place to maintain minimum levels of cover during the next period of strike action. The most important thing to remember is that if you do have a fire, get out of the building, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response.
"We will continue to respond to emergency calls and will obviously prioritise those where lives are at risk. Public and fire fighter safety remains of paramount importance and we will give the best service to the people of Cornwall within the limitations of the resources available to us.
"I would urge everyone to take extra care and time to think about fire safety in their home during this period - check smoke alarms; ensure you know what you would do if there is a fire and do not make unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service.”
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's advice to residents is to take extra care with these six steps:
• Make sure you have smoke alarms on at least every level of your home
• Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they’re working. Test them regularly
• Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
• Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out in a fire
• Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
• Do not overload electrical sockets. Watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment, and wiring/cables
Businesses are also reminded to be mindful of their responsibilities as during periods of strike action the Fire Service may not be able to respond to fire safety enquiries within its usual timescales. It remains the responsibility of employers, landlords and other premises occupiers to comply with fire safety law.
CFRS has produced a poster which can be printed off and displayed and which gives advice on what to do in the event of a fire as well as important tips on how to keep safe.
Prevention advice and guidance is available for businesses and residents on the Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire.
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