Fire service urges public to be vigilant during Saturday's strike action

Crewe Guardian: Fire service urges public to be vigilant during Saturday's strike action Fire service urges public to be vigilant during Saturday's strike action

CHESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has said it is confident that it is once again prepared to handle a strike taking place tomorrow.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will be taking part in strike action tomorrow, Saturday, June 21 between 10am and 5pm.

But the service told the Guardian it is calling on the public to be extra vigilant when the strike takes place.

Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hancock, said: “It is important to highlight that the strikes being proposed relate to national issues rather than local ones and that action will only be taken by those staff that are members of the Fire Brigade’s Union.

“We do have plans and procedures in place that will enable us to continue to protect the communities of Cheshire during strike periods.

"However, we will have less fire engines available and so we would encourage everyone to take extra care both in the home and out and about on the roads, to keep themselves and their families safe.”

The service is reminding people of the following key safety advice:

• Please make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed in your home.

• Know exactly how to get out of your home if a fire breaks out.

• Be especially careful when cooking – both in your home or on the barbecue.

• Ensure that you take extra care while driving.

The service is also advising people and businesses to avoid doing anything that could increase the risk of a fire breaking out.

A spokesperson added: "We would like to thank the public for their continued support in helping to keep the number of incidents down during the industrial action."

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8:04pm Fri 20 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

That was some very sound advice from Mr Hancock, the CFO; thank you Sir, I hope your wise words are heeded.

There is no excuse for not having a working smoke alarm. They cost less than packet of ciggies and they save lives. I get so saddened when I hear of yet more tragic loss of life all for the lack of a smoke alarm.

Another thing, I happily note that the incidence of chip pan fires is declining, this may be attributable to smoke alarms waking up the drunks responsible before they get fried themselves. OR, more likely the reprobates just spend their hard-earned benefits on takeaway fast junk food.
Whatever the reason this is a good thing.
I spent (rather I was over-charged) £4.36 for a pint of lager yesterday in a hotel. I should of spent this on a smoke alarm to give to a drunk but hey ho, life goes on.
That was some very sound advice from Mr Hancock, the CFO; thank you Sir, I hope your wise words are heeded. There is no excuse for not having a working smoke alarm. They cost less than packet of ciggies and they save lives. I get so saddened when I hear of yet more tragic loss of life all for the lack of a smoke alarm. Another thing, I happily note that the incidence of chip pan fires is declining, this may be attributable to smoke alarms waking up the drunks responsible before they get fried themselves. OR, more likely the reprobates just spend their hard-earned benefits on takeaway fast junk food. Whatever the reason this is a good thing. I spent (rather I was over-charged) £4.36 for a pint of lager yesterday in a hotel. I should of spent this on a smoke alarm to give to a drunk but hey ho, life goes on. hectorplain
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4:40pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Dave Dutch Holland says...

Thank goodness our Armed Forces can't go on strike. Can you imagine the moaning and whining that would come from the Fire Service if they had to step into Soldiers boots. Be thankful for a job, be thankful for a pension and if Firemen think their job is dangerous, find something less dangerous, with less pay and no pension. Oh and if the whole of the general public remained vigilant, there would be no need for a Fire Service.
Thank goodness our Armed Forces can't go on strike. Can you imagine the moaning and whining that would come from the Fire Service if they had to step into Soldiers boots. Be thankful for a job, be thankful for a pension and if Firemen think their job is dangerous, find something less dangerous, with less pay and no pension. Oh and if the whole of the general public remained vigilant, there would be no need for a Fire Service. Dave Dutch Holland
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8:18pm Sun 22 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

Dave Dutch Holland wrote:
Thank goodness our Armed Forces can't go on strike. Can you imagine the moaning and whining that would come from the Fire Service if they had to step into Soldiers boots. Be thankful for a job, be thankful for a pension and if Firemen think their job is dangerous, find something less dangerous, with less pay and no pension. Oh and if the whole of the general public remained vigilant, there would be no need for a Fire Service.
Brave words Mr Holland,

I hope your house is insured and that it doesn't catch fire.

Our fire bobbies do a very difficult job, and it gets more difficult by the day.

Can you imagine how difficult and dangerous it must be to carry some over-weight drunkard down a rickety ladder after he has fallen asleep with a fag in his mouth and set the arm-chair on fire. The fumes from the vinegar-soaked copy of the Sun only adding to the drama.
Whilst doing this there would be the horror of knowing that your pension could be snatched from under you at any moment.

Putting out a modern fire is not as easy as you may think, it takes years of training, remember, no two fires are the same.

I applaud our brave brass-hatted professionals, long may they have plenty of fires to extinguish!!
[quote][p][bold]Dave Dutch Holland[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness our Armed Forces can't go on strike. Can you imagine the moaning and whining that would come from the Fire Service if they had to step into Soldiers boots. Be thankful for a job, be thankful for a pension and if Firemen think their job is dangerous, find something less dangerous, with less pay and no pension. Oh and if the whole of the general public remained vigilant, there would be no need for a Fire Service.[/p][/quote]Brave words Mr Holland, I hope your house is insured and that it doesn't catch fire. Our fire bobbies do a very difficult job, and it gets more difficult by the day. Can you imagine how difficult and dangerous it must be to carry some over-weight drunkard down a rickety ladder after he has fallen asleep with a fag in his mouth and set the arm-chair on fire. The fumes from the vinegar-soaked copy of the Sun only adding to the drama. Whilst doing this there would be the horror of knowing that your pension could be snatched from under you at any moment. Putting out a modern fire is not as easy as you may think, it takes years of training, remember, no two fires are the same. I applaud our brave brass-hatted professionals, long may they have plenty of fires to extinguish!! hectorplain
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