Teesside businesses urged to be extra vigilant during firefighters' strike (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Teesside businesses urged to be extra vigilant during firefighters' strike
BUSINESSES on Teesside have been urged to increase their level of vigilance during the impending firefighters’ strike.
Firefighters are in dispute with the Government over a potential downgrade of the public sector workers’ pension and will strike for four hours on Wednesday, September 25.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has a very high union membership and the brigade has trained members of the public as auxiliaries.
Dave Turton, Head of Fire Engineering at Cleveland Fire Brigade, was the guest speaker at the Redcar and Cleveland Business Forum.
He said: “While available fire appliances will be spread out geographically, response times during periods of industrial action are likely to be affected as is the level of response, which is why it’s vital that businesses take extra care to avoid an emergency.”
The businesses were urged to follow the advice published in a Cleveland Fire Brigade information leaflet which includes: turning off electrical equipment when not in use; not using adaptors, fitting extra sockets and replacing all open flame heaters with oil-filled radiators.
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