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Avon Fire & Rescue: we will prioritise during strike

Chief Fire Officer for Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Kevin Pearson says they have contingency arrangements in place to deal with the strike, but warns they will be prioritising calls to emergencies where there is a risk to life.

This is a national dispute over which Avon Fire Authority has no control.

Although we have contingency arrangements in place, the reality is we will not be in a position to provide the excellent emergency response we usually do.

In the lead up to and during the strike I would ask local people to take steps to ensure their homes and businesses are as safe as possible.

Although it’s good practice anytime it’s particularly important during a period when our emergency response capability will be reduced.

Accidents do happen but it is possible to reduce the risk and the impact of a fire in the home by taking extra care not to leave cooking unattended, making sure you check smoke alarms are working and rehearsing escape routes with the whole family.

Business owners and managers should also be aware of their responsibilities to staff and customers under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

Although we will be prioritising calls our advice remains the same - if you have a fire you should get out, stay out and call 999.

– Chief Fire Officer, AFRS Kevin Pearson

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Fresh fire strike dates revealed

Avon Fire and Rescue service is urging people to take extra care to prevent fires and other emergencies after two national firefighters strikes have been announced.

It's part of an on-going dispute with the Government over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union has announced a four-and-a-half hour walkout on Friday 1 November from 6.30pm to 11pm.

This will be followed by a two-hour period of action on Monday 4 November from 6am until 8am.

Striking firefighters Credit: ITV News West Country

Firefighters from west country protest in London

Firefighters from the West Country have joined a mass rally in London to try to save their pensions.

They say it is dangerous to have to work until they are 60.

Today's march on Downing Street also called for an end to cuts to the service which they say are putting lives at risk.

The Government has condemned plans for a second strike on Saturday evening but Dave Turner, from the Fire Brigades Union, says they have no choice.

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