News release text
Members of the Fire Brigades Union will be striking again this Friday 1 November between 6.30pm and 11pm and also on Monday 4 November from 6am to 8am.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) will be answering 999 calls, but is not running a normal level of service, so is urging local people to take extra care, and think twice about having bonfires or fireworks at home on Friday night.
KFRS Chief Executive, Ann Millington said: "We will be pooling working staff to run response vehicles at locations around the county to provide the best cover possible with the staff available We will still be answering 999 calls, but we are asking the public to only call us in a genuine emergency. However everyone needs to appreciate that the service is not operating at our usual level, so it is particularly important during what is traditionally a busy bonfire weekend for the public to take extra care. If people will take a few minutes to follow our safety advice they really can help reduce unnecessary calls and prevent fires in their homes and businesses."
The #takeextracare checklist includes:
If you are planning fireworks or a bonfire at home please don’t do it on Friday – its safer to go to an organised fireworks event
Most home fires start in the kitchen e.g. when someone is distracted or falls asleep leaving a pan on the hob. Please take extra care and if you come home from a night out feeling peckish, this may be the night to have a takeaway
Many KFRS calls are to rescue people from road traffic accidents – please take extra care on the road during Friday night and during Monday morning’s rush hour
Before you go out, or to bed, unplug unused electrical items, make sure no sockets are overloaded and test your smoke alarms
Businesses need to make extra safety checks too – especially as there are fireworks around this weekend
And of course for everyone - check your smoke alarms work
More safety advice click here or call 0800 923 7000.
Notes to editors: This is a national dispute and fire services all over England and Wales are on strike. The dispute is between central government and the FBU and local services such as KFRS are not involved in the negotiations