Dorset firefighters urging extra caution during strike action on Friday and Saturday

Bournemouth Echo: Dorset firefighters urging extra caution during strike action on Friday and Saturday Dorset firefighters urging extra caution during strike action on Friday and Saturday

DORSET Fire and Rescue Service will be providing a reduced response during 6pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday due to further planned strike action by the Fire Brigades Union.

The service is urging members of the public to take extra care during upcoming periods of industrial action.

This Friday and Saturday night is the biggest Christmas party weekend and DFRS are asking the public to take extra precautions not only when they are out celebrating but when they get home too. 

Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer said: “Whilst the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking people to only call 999 if they really do need a fire engine.

"Our priority will be to respond to those priority calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued. If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need, could be at risk.

“A non-emergency call could be to someone who is locked outside their house or where debris has fallen in the road. There are other agencies and organisations that can help in this instance."

Darran added: “We do find ourselves in an unusual situation where we must prioritise our calls for those who are most in need of our assistance.

"However, I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced control room operator can deal with your situation. You must not try and call your local fire station directly.”

The Service is advising the public to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week. 

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9:52am Thu 12 Dec 13

Marcus James says...

What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests.
Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support.
I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it.
By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs.
You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face.
Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.
What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests. Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support. I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it. By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs. You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face. Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive. Marcus James

10:36am Thu 12 Dec 13

Ziggy starburst says...

Marcus James wrote:
What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests.
Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support.
I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it.
By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs.
You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face.
Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.
Well said by the man "in the real world" who has a 9 to 5 job and gets weekends off. You need to learn a bit about strikes. Workers cannot decide to strike on a whim. Strikes are always a last resort. Nice that you think firemen are whining and complaining and that you speak on behalf of the majority ("most of us despise"). I really hope the majority don't think like this. The public should support their local services, whatever they may be. They are on YOUR side.
[quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests. Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support. I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it. By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs. You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face. Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.[/p][/quote]Well said by the man "in the real world" who has a 9 to 5 job and gets weekends off. You need to learn a bit about strikes. Workers cannot decide to strike on a whim. Strikes are always a last resort. Nice that you think firemen are whining and complaining and that you speak on behalf of the majority ("most of us despise"). I really hope the majority don't think like this. The public should support their local services, whatever they may be. They are on YOUR side. Ziggy starburst

12:42pm Thu 12 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Ziggy starburst wrote:
Marcus James wrote:
What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests.
Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support.
I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it.
By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs.
You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face.
Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.
Well said by the man "in the real world" who has a 9 to 5 job and gets weekends off. You need to learn a bit about strikes. Workers cannot decide to strike on a whim. Strikes are always a last resort. Nice that you think firemen are whining and complaining and that you speak on behalf of the majority ("most of us despise"). I really hope the majority don't think like this. The public should support their local services, whatever they may be. They are on YOUR side.
The public sector in general is NOT exactly on our side, more like on our backs! I am much inclined to agree with 'Marcus James' on this occasion.
[quote][p][bold]Ziggy starburst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests. Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support. I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it. By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs. You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face. Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.[/p][/quote]Well said by the man "in the real world" who has a 9 to 5 job and gets weekends off. You need to learn a bit about strikes. Workers cannot decide to strike on a whim. Strikes are always a last resort. Nice that you think firemen are whining and complaining and that you speak on behalf of the majority ("most of us despise"). I really hope the majority don't think like this. The public should support their local services, whatever they may be. They are on YOUR side.[/p][/quote]The public sector in general is NOT exactly on our side, more like on our backs! I am much inclined to agree with 'Marcus James' on this occasion. muscliffman

2:03pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Ziggy starburst says...

Fair enough as long as you know what public sector is. The other option is to privatise it all (presumably into "the real world" where you no doubt live). We know where that leads. Ever been ill in the USA? I guess (hope) you are referring to daily mail version of public sector workers that get 51 weeks a year off and wear donkey jackets.
Fair enough as long as you know what public sector is. The other option is to privatise it all (presumably into "the real world" where you no doubt live). We know where that leads. Ever been ill in the USA? I guess (hope) you are referring to daily mail version of public sector workers that get 51 weeks a year off and wear donkey jackets. Ziggy starburst

2:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Sir Alan says...

Maybe they should clamp down on the intimidation by FBU official's on the Fire station of non striking firefighters, its a disgrace these overpaid people strike just because they have to work a bit longer , get rid of their beds and stop second jobs , and ban strikes, they have a great job but as always they want more.
but these strikes just prove that the full time service in Dorset is over staffed and we could do with a lot less of them. More part time staff would be far more cost effective
Maybe they should clamp down on the intimidation by FBU official's on the Fire station of non striking firefighters, its a disgrace these overpaid people strike just because they have to work a bit longer , get rid of their beds and stop second jobs , and ban strikes, they have a great job but as always they want more. but these strikes just prove that the full time service in Dorset is over staffed and we could do with a lot less of them. More part time staff would be far more cost effective Sir Alan

2:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Ziggy starburst wrote:
Fair enough as long as you know what public sector is. The other option is to privatise it all (presumably into "the real world" where you no doubt live). We know where that leads. Ever been ill in the USA? I guess (hope) you are referring to daily mail version of public sector workers that get 51 weeks a year off and wear donkey jackets.
There is a third unfashionable option for the public sector which avoids privatisation and I prefer. That is to make it far more accountable, less politically unionised, much more efficient and ensure terms and conditions reflect what is available in the private sector (equality) - which ideally would require huge improvements to be made in private sector pension terms, rather than reducing those already a routine in the public sector
[quote][p][bold]Ziggy starburst[/bold] wrote: Fair enough as long as you know what public sector is. The other option is to privatise it all (presumably into "the real world" where you no doubt live). We know where that leads. Ever been ill in the USA? I guess (hope) you are referring to daily mail version of public sector workers that get 51 weeks a year off and wear donkey jackets.[/p][/quote]There is a third unfashionable option for the public sector which avoids privatisation and I prefer. That is to make it far more accountable, less politically unionised, much more efficient and ensure terms and conditions reflect what is available in the private sector (equality) - which ideally would require huge improvements to be made in private sector pension terms, rather than reducing those already a routine in the public sector muscliffman

3:51pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Marcus James says...

Ziggy starburst wrote:
Marcus James wrote:
What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests.
Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support.
I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it.
By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs.
You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face.
Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.
Well said by the man "in the real world" who has a 9 to 5 job and gets weekends off. You need to learn a bit about strikes. Workers cannot decide to strike on a whim. Strikes are always a last resort. Nice that you think firemen are whining and complaining and that you speak on behalf of the majority ("most of us despise"). I really hope the majority don't think like this. The public should support their local services, whatever they may be. They are on YOUR side.
The real world hey?
Well I typically work 6 days a week, starting at 7am some mornings and often finishing past 6.30pm.
I often miss seeing my children from one day to the next and miss out on the simple things like reading them a story or playing with them in the garden or putting them to bed.
Yes I have to pay into a Pension myself and no it’s not subsidised.
I will have to work until I am 65 or 70, i won’t get a pay-out aged 50 and then be able to carry on working a second job.
To be fair no, I don’t have to work night shifts, 3 or 4 nights in a row but then equally I don’t get 4 days off in a row that then allows me to have a cash in hand job / profession.
So I am in the real world or am I a dreamer, I would say I am definitely in the real world.
I would say again, I am not in anyway saying that I don’t value the role of the Fire Service but I feel what they are doing is wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Ziggy starburst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests. Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support. I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it. By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs. You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face. Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.[/p][/quote]Well said by the man "in the real world" who has a 9 to 5 job and gets weekends off. You need to learn a bit about strikes. Workers cannot decide to strike on a whim. Strikes are always a last resort. Nice that you think firemen are whining and complaining and that you speak on behalf of the majority ("most of us despise"). I really hope the majority don't think like this. The public should support their local services, whatever they may be. They are on YOUR side.[/p][/quote]The real world hey? Well I typically work 6 days a week, starting at 7am some mornings and often finishing past 6.30pm. I often miss seeing my children from one day to the next and miss out on the simple things like reading them a story or playing with them in the garden or putting them to bed. Yes I have to pay into a Pension myself and no it’s not subsidised. I will have to work until I am 65 or 70, i won’t get a pay-out aged 50 and then be able to carry on working a second job. To be fair no, I don’t have to work night shifts, 3 or 4 nights in a row but then equally I don’t get 4 days off in a row that then allows me to have a cash in hand job / profession. So I am in the real world or am I a dreamer, I would say I am definitely in the real world. I would say again, I am not in anyway saying that I don’t value the role of the Fire Service but I feel what they are doing is wrong. Marcus James

4:40pm Thu 12 Dec 13

dustbindanny says...

Are we discussing the Fire Brigade,or the 'something for nothing Brigade' ?
Are we discussing the Fire Brigade,or the 'something for nothing Brigade' ? dustbindanny

7:13pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Ziggy starburst says...

It started out as talking about firemen but descended into "I haven't got something so why should they". I support anyone who has been backed into a corner and exercises their legal right to strike. At least they are making a stand rather than roll over and accept even more reductions in their living standards. This whole nasty real world jibes and "why should they have something I haven't got" is sadly a very british thing. In France and most other countries they would all stick together. A real shame. I realise I may be in the minority on this site but I also realise that I live in Tory Bournemouth and nothing changes here.
It started out as talking about firemen but descended into "I haven't got something so why should they". I support anyone who has been backed into a corner and exercises their legal right to strike. At least they are making a stand rather than roll over and accept even more reductions in their living standards. This whole nasty real world jibes and "why should they have something I haven't got" is sadly a very british thing. In France and most other countries they would all stick together. A real shame. I realise I may be in the minority on this site but I also realise that I live in Tory Bournemouth and nothing changes here. Ziggy starburst

8:57pm Thu 12 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Ziggy starburst wrote:
It started out as talking about firemen but descended into "I haven't got something so why should they". I support anyone who has been backed into a corner and exercises their legal right to strike. At least they are making a stand rather than roll over and accept even more reductions in their living standards. This whole nasty real world jibes and "why should they have something I haven't got" is sadly a very british thing. In France and most other countries they would all stick together. A real shame. I realise I may be in the minority on this site but I also realise that I live in Tory Bournemouth and nothing changes here.
It's not that simple, because a one time UK Chancellor (a Mr Brown) did not so much 'back' private sector workers into a corner over their pensions but by imposing tax raids on their private pension funds threw all these workers off the edge of a financial cliff. That this Chancellor was at the time in office courtesy of political sponsorship from the Trade Unions now howling militantly when ever their own public sector member pension terms are (only) reviewed is frankly all rather unsavoury.
[quote][p][bold]Ziggy starburst[/bold] wrote: It started out as talking about firemen but descended into "I haven't got something so why should they". I support anyone who has been backed into a corner and exercises their legal right to strike. At least they are making a stand rather than roll over and accept even more reductions in their living standards. This whole nasty real world jibes and "why should they have something I haven't got" is sadly a very british thing. In France and most other countries they would all stick together. A real shame. I realise I may be in the minority on this site but I also realise that I live in Tory Bournemouth and nothing changes here.[/p][/quote]It's not that simple, because a one time UK Chancellor (a Mr Brown) did not so much 'back' private sector workers into a corner over their pensions but by imposing tax raids on their private pension funds threw all these workers off the edge of a financial cliff. That this Chancellor was at the time in office courtesy of political sponsorship from the Trade Unions now howling militantly when ever their own public sector member pension terms are (only) reviewed is frankly all rather unsavoury. muscliffman

9:42pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Tango Charlie says...

Marcus James wrote:
What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests.
Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support.
I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it.
By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs.
You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face.
Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.
Please remember that this is a physically demanding job. There are certain limits to how much a body can stand. I would not like a 72 year old man carry me (14 stone) out of a burning building, or down a ladder.
Or, for that matter, a 72 year old paramedic to carry me down the stairs. But the ambulance service lost their fight, so good luck to the fire service.
Unfortunately many of those who work a hard day behind a computer screen may not know the physical aspects behind these jobs.
Try wearing a fire suit, with oxygen bottle while crawling round a smoke filled building. I tried it with the Freiwillige Feurwehr in Germany 30 years ago as a fit soldier and I was shattered!
[quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: What a shame that the Firefighters chose this as their way to protest, listening to the greedy Unions who are only out for their own interests. Each time you do this you lose even more of the public's respect and more importantly support. I don’t think any one of us as members of the public would criticise the valuable work that you do BUT striking is not the way to solve it. By striking, whining and complaining you become no better than the lazy, overstaffed, public sector employees that most of us despise for their laziness, incompetence and expectation of gold plated salaries whilst being out of touch with reality of the real world of business and public needs. You would do better to have a peaceful” protest” in the town centres where you could engage with children, families and the public and explain the problems you face. Combine it with a Christmas awareness campaign or something proactive.[/p][/quote]Please remember that this is a physically demanding job. There are certain limits to how much a body can stand. I would not like a 72 year old man carry me (14 stone) out of a burning building, or down a ladder. Or, for that matter, a 72 year old paramedic to carry me down the stairs. But the ambulance service lost their fight, so good luck to the fire service. Unfortunately many of those who work a hard day behind a computer screen may not know the physical aspects behind these jobs. Try wearing a fire suit, with oxygen bottle while crawling round a smoke filled building. I tried it with the Freiwillige Feurwehr in Germany 30 years ago as a fit soldier and I was shattered! Tango Charlie

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