Important safety advice during upcoming fire service strikes

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has important safety advice in the light of upcoming strike action.

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The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that further strike action will take place on the following dates:

– Friday 2 May for five hours, from 12 noon to 5pm

– Saturday 3 May for twelve hours, from 2pm to 2am (Sunday morning)

– Sunday 4 May for five hours, from 10am to 3pm

Fire safety is essential all year round, however the added distractions of the bank holiday weekend make it especially important to be vigilant. Although RBFRS has contingency plans in place, during any period of industrial action we will have significantly fewer resources. We will therefore be prioritising ‘life critical’ incidents, such as house fires and road traffic collisions where people are trapped.

We therefore need you to take extra care. Over the bank holiday weekend you may be entertaining guests at home or travelling to visit friends and relatives. Whatever you are doing, please follow our safety advice to reduce the risk of fire and to help make Berkshire’s roads safer.

RBFRS will still be responding to 999 calls but we are asking people to reduce demand by calling us only in a genuine emergency.

The RBFRS advice posters can be downloaded by clicking on the images below.

 

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