Notts: Second strike for firefighters

Firefighters in the Fire Brigades Union are due to strike again this weekend for five hours on Saturday night.

Wednesday, 16th October 2013, 7:39 pm

Both Notts and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Services are due to hold a second strike from 6.30pm to 11.30pm on Saturday 19th October.

This is following a four hour strike on Wednesday 25th September.

During the industrial action the fire service are urging people not to make unnecessary 999 calls.

Whilst there will be an emergency response service during these periods, albeit at a reduced level, it is essential that members of the community consider the need for a fire engine before making their call.

Area Manager, Kam Basi, spokesperson for DFRS said: “Whilst the industrial action is ongoing, we will still be responding to 999 calls; however we are asking people to only call 999 if they really do need a fire engine.”

“Our priority during times of industrial action is to respond to those priority calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescue.”

“If we respond to non emergency calls then those most in need of our help could be at risk.”

“A non-emergency call could be to someone who is locked outside their house, or where someone is stuck in a lift.”

“There are other agencies and organisations that can help in this instance.”

For further advice and up to date information regarding proposed strike dates visit the services website.