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Fire Strikes

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:15pm 31st October 2014 (Updated 3:16pm 31st October 2014)

We are reassured Cornish firefighters will respond when lives are in danger, as they go on strike.

They are walking out for four days starting at six o'clock on Friday 31st October.

It is over a long running row with the government over pensions.

Sean Starbuck from the FBU told Pirate FM it is by chance it is over a weekend with fireworks displays:

"Let's be quite clear. We don't want to be on strike. We want to resolve this. Our members, firefighters who are good people who put their lives at risk every day, they want to resolve the issue.

"We'll be able to respond from picket lines to attend major incidents. But let's be quite clear, these are major incidents. Every fire authority is supposed to have a contingency plan."

Cornwall Council said: "Now that strike action has been confirmed, the most important thing to remember is that if you do have a fire, get out of the building, stay out and call 999.

"We will continue to respond to emergency calls and will obviously prioritise those where lives are at risk."

Keeping safe at home

You can help by taking extra care and time to think about fire safety in your home during this period - checking smoke alarms, ensuring you know what you would do if there was a fire and not making unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's advice is to take extra care with these eight steps:

    In the event of a fire, you should get out, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response
    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.

Cornwall Council also gave this advice to business owners: "Businesses are also reminded to be mindful of their responsibilities, as during periods of strike action the 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.

"We would like to remind businesses that your emergency escape plan should not rely on Fire and Rescue Service involvement for it to be effective. Any and all actions that are required to keep people safe in the premises, to move them to places of relative safety or to complete a full evacuation must be within your resources. View more information for businesses during the strike."

Businesses can get more information here:

There is more advice for homeowners here

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