10:26am Wednesday 25th September 2013
PEOPLE are being urged to take extra care and avoid making unnecessary 999 calls this afternoon when firefighters go on strike.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union are striking between noon and 4pm as a “warning shot” to the Government over reforms of firefighter pension schemes.
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said yesterday that stations in more rural areas were mainly unaffected and, in larger towns, some additional fully trained staff would be provided to make up crewing numbers and ensure there is fire cover in place across the area.
“These measures will enable us to attend emergency 999 calls, but as we will still have fewer fire engines overall it is important for the public to take extra care to protect themselves, their families, homes and businesses,” it said.
“Automatic fire alarms will be a low priority during the strike period, unless there is a risk to life.”
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said a basic level of service would be maintained in East Yorkshire, with the priority being to respond to calls where lives were at risk.
“A non-emergency call could be to someone who is locked outside their house or where debris has fallen in the road,” said a spokeswoman. “There are other agencies and organisations that can help in this instance.”
Richard Hannigan, chief fire officer said: “I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced Control room operator can deal with your situation. You must not try and call your local fire station directly.”
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