Fire service ask for public caution during strikes

A section of Brett Street was closed off while the Fire service made safe a broken Arial'PA0720-3h
A section of Brett Street was closed off while the Fire service made safe a broken Arial'PA0720-3h

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is urging members of the public to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property from the risks of fire.

During the industrial action, planned for Wednesday September 25 between 12 noon and 4pm, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will be providing a reduced emergency response service, so is asking for help from the local community.

The service also wants members of the public to be extra careful while driving, and not to make unnecessary 999 calls.

Union members are taking industrial action after a dispute with the government over pensions.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Safety at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Chris Blacksell, said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home.

“Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults, candles being placed too close to furnishings or cigarettes not being fully extinguished. The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm on at least every level of their home and to check the batteries are working.

“Smoke detectors provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night. But a smoke alarm can only save your life if it is working and the battery is checked regularly.”

The service is also advising drivers to take extra care on the roads on Wednesday when there will not be as many firefighters available to attend road traffic collisions.

Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Richard Hannigan said: “It is not just keeping safe from fire that needs to be on people minds. Being safe on the roads is just as important. Last year we attended more road traffic collisions than house fires. In this time of industrial action I urge people to take extra care.

“Road accidents often happen when people get distracted. While we have fewer resources available, I urge people to think about their safety on the roads as well as the safety of others.

“The safety of those in our community remains a priority throughout periods of industrial action, but I urge drivers to play their part. These tips may seem obvious but by adhering to them it will reduce the risk of an accident happening and keep our roads safer,” CFO Hannigan said.

People are also reminded that non emergency calls can be made to other agencies whilst the strike is ongoing. 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.

CFO Hannigan continued: “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.”

For more fire safety advice and tips visit www.humbersidefire.gov.uk