Fire service industrial action: non-attendance to fire alarms at commercial properties

19 September 2013

Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is reminding owners and occupiers of commercial and non-domestic premises to check their risk assessments ahead of planned strike action taking place next week.

Why is this advice being issued?

As a result of an ongoing national dispute, the Fire Brigades Union has confirmed the first strike date will be Wednesday 25 September, between 12pm to 4pm.

During this time, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will not be attending any automatic fire alarms sounding in any non-domestic or commercial premises.

While industrial action is taking place, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will only attend confirmed property fires and other life risks such as road traffic collisions.

This is to ensure that resources remain available to those in the community who are in need of emergency response.

This is a testing time for UK fire and rescue services and every precaution is being taken to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. Contingency planning has been underway for several months, both in the service and with partners, to ensure that the service can continue to be able to respond to emergencies.

Anyone who discovers a fire in their premises should continue to dial 999 and the fire and rescue service will attend as soon as possible.

For more information

There is guidance available to help mitigate the chances of a fire starting and reduce the risk to employees and damage to property.

If anyone has further questions about their premises, they can contact a fire protection officer by calling 01604 797000.

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