08:00 Wednesday 18 December 2013

Fire chiefs caution plea during festive fire strikes

Written byROB SMYTH

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FIRE chiefs are urging people in Burton and South Derbyshire to be ‘extra careful’ ahead of festive fire strikes.

Bosses at fire services in Derbyshire and Staffordshire spoke out after it was revealed that members of the Fire Brigades Union would down tools on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Chief have stressed that while they will still be proving an emergency response service, they will need members of the public to ‘endeavour to prevent further emergencies from occurring’.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Gavin Tomlinson said: “We will still be responding to 999 calls albeit at a reduced level.

“Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during this time.

“Fire can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings and Christmas decorations.

“It is therefore essential that everyone ensures that they have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of their home, to provide vital early warning of a fire and give occupants crucial time to escape.

“I would ask anyone who is attending or organising a party to stay vigilant and help ensure that everyone stays out of harm’s way and parties safely this festive season. If your party involves fireworks, please ensure they are dealt with responsibly.”

Firefighters will strike from 7pm to midnight on Tuesday, December 24. 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 31 to 12.30am on Wednesday, January 1 and 6.30am to 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

The strike action is set to take place in a bid to force a rethink over proposals which would see them work until they are 60 to get their full pension.

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