Fire service issues safety warning for East Sussex after strike action confirmed

Fire engine
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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has issued a safety warning following the confirmation of a 24 hour strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

Industrial action will take place between 9am on Tuesday (December 9) and 9am on Wednesday (December 10) as part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said contingency crews will be on duty, ready to respond to emergencies but there will be reduced levels of cover.

With winter setting in, people are being asked to do what they can to reduce the need to call 999.

The spokeswoman said: “Make sure you are winter-ready for the roads. Roads can quickly become more treacherous during the winter. Make sure you are prepared by checking your vehicle is roadworthy. Tyres, windscreen wipers and lights should all be in good condition – replace anything which isn’t working.

“Remember to slow down and keep your distance from the car in front of you - it takes much longer to stop in the wet and fallen leaves can be just as slippery and treacherous for motorists as driving on ice.

“If your vehicle loses its grip, or “aquaplanes” on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Don’t brake or steer suddenly because you have no control of the steering or brakes.”

The fire service has also issued advice on how to cope with extreme weather.

The spokeswoman continued: “Staying alert and preparing for the worst can help keep you, your family and your property safe.

“During extreme weather, we prioritise calls where lives may be at risk through a risk of fire or other emergencies.

“For example when flood water is affecting electrics in buildings, where a building or structure has become dangerous to passers-by or when there has been a road traffic collision.

“Where lives are not at immediate risk, a number of other organisations may be better placed to help.”

Find out who you can call if you spot blocked drains or fallen trees by visiting: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/flooding.shtml