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National FBU Strike Action - August 2014
written by Norfolk Fire Service on the 04th August 2014 at 8:42

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that its members will be taking further strike action between the 9th August and 16th August at the following times:

 

  • Commencing 9th August 2014 from 12.00 hours until 9th August 2014 at 14.00 hrs
  • Commencing 9th August 2014 from 22.59 hours until 9th August 2014 at 23.59 hrs
  • Commencing 10th August 2014 from 12.00 hours until 10th August 2014 at 14.00 hrs
  • Commencing 10th August 2014 from 22.59 hours until 10th August 2014 at 23.59 hrs
  • Commencing 11th August 2014 from 12.00 hours until 11th August 2014 at 14.00 hrs
  • Commencing 11th August 2014 from 22.59 hours until 11th August 2014 at 23.59 hrs
  • Commencing 12th August 2014 from 12.00 hours until 12th August 2014 at 14.00 hrs
  • Commencing 12th August 2014 from 22.59 hours until 12th August 2014 at 23.59 hrs
  • Commencing 13th August 2014 from 12.00 hours until 13th August 2014 at 14.00 hrs
  • Commencing 13th August 2014 from 22.59 hours until 13th August 2014 at 23.59 hrs
  • Commencing 14th August 2014 from 12.00 hours until 14th August 2014 at 14.00 hrs
  • Commencing 14h August 2014 from 22.59 hours until 14th August 2014 at 23.59 hrs
  • Commencing 15th August 2014 from 12.00 hours until15th August 2014 at 14.00 hrs
  • Commencing 15th August 2014 from 22.59 hours until 15th August 2014 at 23.59 hrs
  • Commencing 16th August 2014 from 12.00 hours until 16th August 2014 at 14.00 hrs
  • Commencing 16th August 2014 from 22.59 hours until 16th August 2014 at 23.59 hrs

 

The dispute is not between the FBU and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, although services in the County are likely to be affected.

Fire and Rescue cover in the event of a strike

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has a legal duty to provide the county of Norfolk with an emergency fire and rescue service and we have taken action to ensure the continuing provision of a reduced service during the strike.

Steps have been taken to provide a level of fire cover in Norfolk however this is likely to be reduced.

Levels of response

The level of response available from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service during any period of industrial action does not affect the likelihood of a fire occurring in your home, a workplace or other premises. However, the vigilance and management of responsible persons can reduce the risk of fire.

Calling 999

The 999/112 system will continue to operate as normal.

During periods of strike action it is foreseeable that:

  • Fire Brigade attendance times to some incidents will increase
  • Only a contingency level of service will be available
  • Crews attending may not be familiar with premises or the local geography

Fire Safety in Your Home

Whilst the risk from fire in your home remains unchanged, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service advises that during any period when an emergency response may be delayed, our communities should remain extra vigilant and follow all relevant fire safety advice.

We provide comprehensive guidance to support your safety in the event of fire; these can be found in the Your Safety section.

This guidance is designed to:

  • Help you prevent fire occurring in your home.
  • Tell you what to do if fire does break your in your home.

Key Messages from our fire safety guidance

  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms regularly.
  • Never leave lit candles or cooking unattended.
  • Put cigarettes out – right out.
  • Plan your escape route – and make sure all your family know it.
  • Make sure you don't overload electrical sockets and watch out for faulty electrical equipment.
  • Be sensible when using BBQs and lighting any fires outdoors – avoid bonfires.
  • Treat all flammable materials with care – both using and storing them.
  • If you plan to use fireworks please look at our guidance here.

Business response

Business will still have a duty to comply with fire safety legislation. The Service provides comprehensive guidance and support on how you should comply with your legal duties. These can be found in our Business Fire Safety Section.

In addition, we urge all businesses to consider the following Key Messages during periods of industrial action:

  • Review your fire risk assessment and make sure it is current.
  • Ask staff to be vigilant to the risk of fire and report any concerns.
  • Check your fire detection system is working effectively and ensure everyone in the building understands what they need to do should it activate.
  • Make sure fire fighting equipment works and everyone expected to use it knows how to do so safely.
  • Make sure fire evacuation plans are in place and employees know what to do.
  • Keep escape routes free from obstacles.Keep fire doors shut.
  • Reduce fire hazards - keep sources of ignition away from flammable materials or substances.
  • Avoid arson risks, such as rubbish left around.
  • Delay activities if they have an increased risk of fire associated with them (e.g. hot cutting or hot works).

 Originally posted at http://www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk/nfrs/nfrsnews/news-rss-feed/...

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