Dorset firefighters urging extra caution during strike action on Friday and Saturday (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Dorset firefighters urging extra caution during strike action on Friday and Saturday
8:23am Thursday 12th December 2013 in News
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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