FIREFIGHTERS in Burton and South Derbyshire will take part in strike action next week.
Fire service bosses in Staffordshire and Derbyshire have confirmed that hoses will be downed for four hours on Wednesday as part of a row over pensions.
However, members of the public have been reassured that their safety ‘will not be at risk’ during the four hours of industrial action that will take place between noon and 4pm.
Staffordshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Enness is asking people to take extra safety precautions, and to only dial 999 in a genuine emergency.
He said: “We have robust plans in place for industrial action and we will be answering and responding to all life risk incidents.
“However, we will not be able to provide our usual emergency response cover during the strike period.
“This means it is more important than ever for people to be extra vigilant when it comes to their and everyone else’s safety.
“There is no need to be alarmed, but I am appealing to people to drive carefully, ensure that all cooking appliances and electrical items are switched off after use and to check their smoke alarms are working – these simple actions could save their, or their family’s, lives.
“It is also important that people take care while at work in commercial and businesses premises.”
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has recruited a team of volunteers to help deal with any emergencies during the strikes.
Area manager Bryan Bennett, spokesman for the service, said: “While the industrial action is ongoing, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will still be responding to 999 calls, but 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.”