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Fire Service urges residents to take extra care during strike

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will take strike action from 1200hours to 1600hours on Wednesday (25 September 2013) as part of a national trade dispute with Government in relation to the reform of Fire Service Pension Schemes.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has robust contingency plans in place and will continue to operate business as usual as far as reasonably practicable during this four hour period.

However, there are certain safety measures we can all take to ensure our own safety and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Davies is urging residents and businesses within mid and west Wales to take extra care and ensure they are fire and road safety aware for Wednesday’s strike action.

ACFO Chris Davies said:

“Whilst we appreciate the concerns some of our staff have in respect of proposed Government cuts to pensions our number one priority is to ensure public safety by providing the best possible service throughout this period of strike action.

“Our contingency planning is going well and we are fortunate to have a number of operational staff who are not affiliated with the Fire Brigades Union and will be working as usual during this period of action.

“However, there is no avoiding the fact that our emergency response will be slightly reduced during this period and I would encourage residents and businesses throughout mid and west Wales to take extra care by familiarising themselves with our safety advice which is available on our website and social media channels. In the event of an emergency, however, the public must still dial 999 and an emergency response will be provided”.

In order to help people prepare for taking extra care and reducing the risk to communities and businesses, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has published safety advice and guidance on its website and social networking sites, such as Facebook.