Four days of strike action begin within the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service on Friday (October 31) when members of the Fire Brigades Union stage a walk out.
Contingency crews made up of non-FBU members will still respond to emergencies, prioritising where lives are at risk but cover will be reduced and members of the public are being asked to do what they can to reduce the need to call 999.
Chief fire officer and chief executive Des Prichard said: “The weekend is expected to be particularly popular for people having bonfire and fireworks celebrations and we want to ensure people enjoy themselves safely.”
He suggested that where possible people attended a local organised display where organisers would have to put their own safety measures in place.
Mr Prichard said: “For example, they should be trained in emergency drills, first aid posts should be manned by qualified people and they should have arranged for fire extinguishers, buckets of water, buckets of sand and metal litter bins to be available on the night.”
He added: “If you have already bought your own fireworks, please consider re-arranging your celebrations to a night which isn’t affected by strike action. And of course you should always follow the fireworks code.”
People are being asked to avoid having bonfires at all during the strikes.
See a full press release from the fire service here: Spotlight on bonfires and fireworks during strike action.
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