fire strike 'won't affect safety', Burnham residents reassured
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been reassured that Devon and
Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be operating a reduced
emergency service during today's industrial action.
Firefighters in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join crews across the
country in striking in a protest over pension reforms.
four-hour walkout will take place today (Wednesday, 25th September)
fire service says it has contingency plans in place to ensure
the public will receive a response to all 999 calls.
some locations within the two counties will be affected by the
strike and, although resilience cover will be in place, the service
is urging the public to take extra care during this time.
resilient pool of non-Fire Brigades Union firefighters are being
used to respond to emergencies in these areas, but response times
could be extended as a result. Unlike previous national strikes,
there is no provision to use military assistance for emergency
cover," a spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
vast majority of automatic fire alarms attended by the Service
are false alarms. During the period of industrial action, unless
there is a fire confirmed the Service will not be able to respond
to automatic fire alarms from businesses. Businesses are strongly
encouraged to check their fire safety arrangements."
Fire Officer Lee Howell added: "The majority of our stations
will be available and the public will get a response to an emergency
wherever they are in Devon and Somerset."
there will always be a response, due to the likelihood of a reduced
service, we will be prioritising calls to emergencies where there
is a risk to life."
of industrial action are always difficult for everyone involved
and the public can help us at this time by taking extra care.
The public and business owners will find safety advice on our
national strike has been announced as part of a dispute between
the Fire Brigades Union and Government over proposed changes to