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Essex: Fire service warns businesses to be vigilant in strikes
11:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
Businesses are being urged to be vigilant during national firefighter strikes taking place on Friday and Monday.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service says if resources are stretched, it may not be able to respond to any calls generated by automatic fire alarms, unless these are backed up by a 999 call.
This will also affect schools, hospitals and residential homes which ordinarily would receive a response immediately an alarm is triggered.
Between 6.30pm and 11.00pm on Friday and 6.00am and 8.00am on Monday, all premises are being advised to make the call in the event of an emergency and fire appliances will attend.
ECFRS has resilient arrangements in place to provide fire cover to the County during the five hour industrial action by Fire Brigades Union members. Essex firefighters on Essex fire appliances will be responding to 999 calls in the normal way but resources could be stretched with reduced personnel and fire appliances on the run during the strike.
The dispute is between the FBU and the Government over proposed pension reforms.
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