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Cornwall's Firefighters Strike
12:07pm 2nd May 2014
(Updated 12:07pm 2nd May 2014)
Cornwall gets a fire safety warning as crews walk out over pensions.
Firefighters are on strike from midday until 5pm on Friday, the first of three days of action over the Bank Holiday.
We are being asked to take extra care to minimise call outs.
Fire Brigades' Union members will be also take strike action on Saturday 3rd May from 2pm to 2am and Sunday 4th May from 10am to 3pm
In addition to the strike action, the FBU have announced 'action short of strike action' from Sunday 4 May at 3.01pm until 12pm on 9 May That means a refusal by fire service personnel to undertake voluntary overtime, non-contractual overtime or voluntary additional hours.
CFRS Deputy Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said: "We have contingency plans in place to maintain minimum levels of cover during the 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.
"This series of dates of strike action will again impact on how we deliver a fire and rescue service to the people of Cornwall. During the previous periods of strike action, the conduct of all of our staff, both those taking action and those working, was exemplary throughout and I expect that the same will apply this time.
"My message to residents, businesses and visitors is to remain vigilant. A part of the work carried out by the fire service includes attending road traffic collisions so I especially want to appeal to people who may be out and about enjoying the bank holiday weekend to take extra care.
"I'm also asking businesses to take extra care when either closing for the Bank Holiday, or those open for business over this period given the high volume of visitors expected. We encourage businesses to take note of our top tips for keeping businesses safe from fire."
Be safety conscious when you carry out all checks at closing time
Make sure your alarm systems are set before you leave
Keep all fire escapes and entrances clear
Switch off electrical appliances at the plug when not in use
Avoid putting flammable waste out on the day
Don't store flammable goods under stairs or in enclosed spaces
Keep smoking areas free of waste and empty ash trays
Keep areas tidy and free from clutter
Make sure your staff know what to do in the event of a fire
Check your fire safety risk assessment
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's advice to householders is to make preparations and take extra care with these seven 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.
Drinking alcohol? Plan how to get home safely without driving.
Paul adds: "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.
Prevention advice and guidance is available here: www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire.
12:07pm 2nd May 2014
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