FIRE chiefs have urged people to take ‘extra care’ during strikes by firefighters next month.
Crews will man the picket lines in May after efforts to reach an agreement – over proposals which would see them work until they are 60 to get their full pension – fell apart.
Firefighters will strike:
l Between noon and 5pm on Friday, May 2;
l Between 2pm and 2am on Saturday, May 3;
l Between 10am and 3pm on Sunday, May 4.
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 times of industrial action.
“Fire can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults.
“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 of any kind.”