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Further fire strike action planned

Fire engine at Berwick Fire Station.

Fire engine at Berwick Fire Station.

The second strike this month by The Fire Brigades Union will take place on Saturday 21st June from 10am until 5pm.

As with previous periods of industrial action, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has robust plans in place to provide a service during this latest strike – but it will not be business as usual.

The service has already contacted businesses in the county to help them to minimise the risk from fire, as well as urging residents to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from the risks of fire and other emergencies.

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have a duty to ensure we have robust plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action, and we are once again putting these plans in place.

“Homes and businesses should take extra precautions as it will not be business as usual.

“We’re again asking people to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of fire, including ensuring they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes.

“We know the warm weather can mean an increase in barbecues and it’s worth reminding people to take extra care, especially during the period of industrial action.”

“We have contacted businesses and other premises to assist them in further minimising the risk from fire and other emergencies.”

For more details on fire safety, and precautions homes and businesses can take, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk

 

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