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Industrial Action 10th July – West Midlands Fire Service Message

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is calling on the public and businesses to put safety first on Thursday 10 July, when hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are set to strike.

Firefighters are among those who will be taking industrial action – their latest walkout in a national dispute with the Government over pensions.

With many schools set to close, the brigade is sending a direct appeal to parents and carers to make sure that children are looked after and their whereabouts known.

WMFS will be working hard to provide the maximum level of protection possible during the firefighters’ strike, which will run from 10am to 7pm, using staff who aren’t taking industrial action.

Simon Shilton, Area Commander (Emergency Response) with WMFS, said: “Thursday will be a challenging day for many, with routines disrupted. We’re asking people to put safety first as they plan their day and their family and work commitments.

“Although 999 calls will be answered as normal, we will have fewer resources available to respond to emergencies. This makes it all the more important that people take care, whether at home, at work or travelling.

“If you have children whose schools are on strike, please make sure that they’re looked after and safe, whether they’re in the home or out with friends, and give them a few reminders about safety at home, on the roads and near water.

“Traffic collisions make up a big proportion of all incidents we deal with. Drivers need to be mindful that there will be more children out playing than usual for a weekday. Drinking and then driving clearly isn’t on. Please plan your journey, leave time for possible delays, wear your seatbelt and don’t speed.

“Businesses, too, can play a huge part in helping to keep the West Midlands safe. Extra preventative measures and information to key staff can help to stop some incidents happening in the first place.

“Taking extra care during ‘hot works’ such as welding, for example, during the strike period is one thing we’d ask firms to consider. Security patrols should also be stepped up, and fire marshals made fully aware that the industrial action is taking place.”

A host of fire safety advice is available in the ‘Stay safe’ section of the West Midlands Fire Service website. Regular tips are also issued on Twitter via @WestMidsFire.

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Issued by Neil Spencer, Senior Press Officer, West Midlands Fire Service, tel 0121 380 6101. On Twitter we’re @WestMidsFire

Press Release Date:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 10:45

 

 

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