Fire service urges public to stay safe during strike

East Sussex Fire and Rescue HQ at Upperton Road Eastbourne. Dec 8th 2011 E49132M ENGSNL00120110812134300
East Sussex Fire and Rescue HQ at Upperton Road Eastbourne. Dec 8th 2011 E49132M ENGSNL00120110812134300
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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging the public to stay safe, after it attended two incidents during this morning’s strike.

The 24-hour walkout by the Fire Brigades Union got underway at 9am this morning (December 9), as part of the ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.

Contingency crews were on duty and responded to a car fire in Crowborough at 9.01am and a woman stuck in a lift in Eastbourne at 11.15am.

Industrial action will continue through until 9am tomorrow morning.

With resources reduced during strike periods, the service is urging the public to take extra care and spread the word among friends, family and neighbours to do what they can to prevent emergencies.

A service spokeswoman said, “If you do have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999. We have crews who will respond to emergencies, prioritising calls where lives may be at risk.”