Fire fighters to strike on New Year’s Eve in East Sussex

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging party goers to take extra care as members of the Fire Brigades Union prepare to strike on New Year’s Eve.

FBU members will walk out between 6.30pm and 12.30pm on New Year’s Eve in their continuing national dispute with the Government over pensions.

A further strike will take place between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday 3rd January.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said: “While emergency cover will again be provided firefighters and officers who are not members of the FBU, we are preparing for a busy night.

“We need help from members of the public to make sure that crews are not called out unnecessarily and are free to respond to real emergencies.

“Priority will be given to incidents where lives may be at risk.

“The timing of the strike has given us an additional challenge, but we are ready to respond. If you have a fire, get out, stay out and dial 999.”