RESIDENTS are being urged to take extra care to protect themselves from the risk of fire during 24-hour industrial action tomorrow.
Firefighters will walk out from 9am tomorrow until 9am on Friday morning as the bitter row between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Government over pensions continues.
It’s the latest in a string of strikes from fire officers and as a result Cleveland Fire Brigade will be providing a reduced emergency response service.
Ian Hayton, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s chief fire officer, said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra care.
“Fires can start for a variety of reasons from cooking being left unattended to electrical faults, the best advice we can give everyone is to have working smoke alarms in their home and to check them every week.
“Also ensuring your car is roadworthy and maintained at all times along with careful driving, which means driving to the conditions of the road and not the speed limits particularly when there is poor visibility will greatly reduce the risk of an accident.”
Firefighters in Hartlepool and East Durham will also be walking out on Saturday, June 21 from 10am-5pm.
Mr Hayton added: “Our priority during this industrial action period, as with previous ones, is to respond to these priority calls where a life may be at risk of someone needs to be rescued.
“If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need could be at risk.
“During strike action we do find ourselves in an unusual situation where we must prioritise our calls for those who are most in need of our assistance.
“However, I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced control room operator can deal with your situation.”
For fire safety advice visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/safety or call (01429) 872311.