East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is thanking the public for taking extra care during the 24 hour-long Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike last week.
The industrial action, which is part of the national dispute over pensions, began at 9am on Wednesday, June 12 and ended at 9am the next day.
This is the longest continued period of strike action taken by the FBU so far and a further strike is due to take place on Saturday, June 21 from 10am for seven hours.
Contingency crews attended a small number of calls during the 24-hour strike, including a small fire in the open in Seaford where firefighters put out a small blaze affecting some fencing.
Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said, “This is a matter for the two parties involved – the Fire Brigades Union and the Government – and as Chief Fire Officer for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, I have no powers to resolve this.
“I have previously urged both sides in this dispute to do everything they can to reach an agreement and hope that this will not escalate further.
“My priority is – as ever – keeping those living in and visiting East Sussex and Brighton and Hove safe during this period of disruption.
“Cover will be reduced but we will prioritise calls where people’s lives may be at risk. All those who are working during these strikes are fully trained and competent firefighters and officers. They are ready to respond to 999 calls.
“We are calling on the public to be extra vigilant during the strike on Saturday, June 21. Stay safe, enjoy the warm weather and the World Cup.”
Further advice is available on the website at www.esfrs.org or on 0303 999 1000 and asking for the Community Safety team.