Fire crews are set to strike due to pensions dispute in East Sussex

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is preparing for further industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.

A 24-hour strike will begin on February 25 from 7am until February 26, at 7am. This means fewer crews will be on duty. It is part of the ongoing dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over pensions. In order to reduce the number of people who need to call 999 during the strikes, the fire service is asking people to fit and test smoke alarms, avoid distractions – whether behind the wheel, out and about or cooking, check in on family and friends and share the fire service’s advice. They are also asking people to plan fire escape routes.

A spokesman said: “If you have a fire get out, stay out and call 999. If you do have an automatic alarm, make sure it is functioning properly, that you know who is in charge of it. Lifts are another area of concern. Make sure there are clear instructions inside the lift, just in case it breaks down.”