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Taking extra care with firefighters on strike

In readiness for proposed industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union between noon and 16:00 tomorrow Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to take extra care in order to keep themselves and their families safe.

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Contingency plans in place for strike:

Contingency plans developed by the fire service will ensure that all 999 calls during the four-hour period of industrial action are responded to by trained firefighters.

However, the level of operational cover will be significantly lower than usual, and the fire service is keen to remind people of the simple steps they can take to reduce their risk of fire and other incidents.

The public and business community are advised that:

999 calls will be responded to by trained firefighters operating as part of a reduced level of cover, so you should only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency.

The service will not respond to Automatic Fire Alarms during industrial action unless it is followed up with a 999 call stating there is a genuine emergency.

In the event of an actual fire, businesses with premises where fire alarms go direct to a collecting station should carry out a full evacuation and dial 999 to report it.

Five steps to ensure protection from fire:

  • Ensure smoke alarms are correctly installed and tested regularly
  • Make an escape plan and make sure everyone at home knows about it
  • Ensure electrical goods are used properly and serviced regularly
  • Take care when cooking, particularly when using hot fat
  • Ensure cigarettes and other smoking materials are extinguished fully

The fire service also advises businesses whose premises have Automatic Fire Alarms and no staff based there, may want to consider placing staff onsite in case of fire.

For more safety advice and information visit www.notts-fire.gov.uk.