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Firefighters' strike

Firefighters in England and Wales will be taking strike action. We advise you to take extra care during this period and ensure appropriate fire safety measures are in place.

Below we’ve summarised some helpful advice. For more information download our fire safety tips PDF.

Preparing your organisation for the firefighters' strike:

tick.gif Review your organisation's scheduled business activities during this period.

tick.gif Consider postponing any high risk activities where there is an increased risk of fire inception (for example, hot works being undertaken by contractors) until after the strike has ended.

tick.gif Fire risk assessments should be reviewed, including fire evacuation/emergency procedures.

tick.gif Ensure staff are familiar with the location and use of portable extinguishers in their premises.

Fire safety in the home:

tick.gif Make sure smoke detectors installed within the property are working properly.

tick.gif Exercise care when cooking and smoking.

tick.gif Try to avoid the use of any naked flames e.g. using candles.

**In the event of a fire/emergency you should still dial 999**

Where automatic fire alarm systems are installed in a premises with a remote link to an alarm receiving centre these will also need to be backed up with a 999 call.

Contingency plans during the firefighters' strike

The fire and rescue authorities will have contingency plans in place to provide an emergency response during the strike period. This will involve the use of trained auxiliary firefighters, retained firefighters, contractors and non-FBU (Fire Brigade Union) operational personnel.

However, there may be some delay in their attendance.  The FBU have also agreed to exempt firefighters and operation managers from strike action if they volunteer to help in the event of a ‘major incident’ occurring.

Find out more

Further guidance and advice is likely to be posted by regional fire authorities over the coming days. Monitor local and national press for further updates and review your existing fire safety measures as needed.

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