Kent Fire Brigade Union members to strike

PUBLISHED: 08:02 09 December 2013 | UPDATED: 08:02 09 December 2013

Kent Fire Brigades Union members will be striking on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December, between 6pm and 10pm.

They are reminding residents to take extra care, as although 999 calls will be responded to, there will not be a normal level of service.

The strike is a nationwide response to a row over pensions.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service Chief Executive, Ann Millington said: “We will be pooling working staff to run response vehicles at locations around the county to provide the best cover possible with the staff available. We will still be answering 999 calls, but we are asking the public to only call us in a genuine emergency. However everyone needs to appreciate that the service is not operating at our usual level, so it is particularly important for the public to take extra care. If people will take a few minutes to follow our safety advice they really can help reduce unnecessary calls and prevent fires in their homes and businesses.

“Most home fires start in the kitchen e.g. when someone is distracted or falls asleep leaving a pan on the hob. Please take extra care and if you come home from a night out feeling peckish, this may be the night to have a takeaway.

Before you go out, or to bed, unplug unused electrical items, make sure no sockets are overloaded and test your smoke alarms.”

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