National Fire Strike
People living and working on the Isle of Wight are being urged to reduce the risk of fire in their properties following the announcement that fire fighters have voted for national strike action.
In an on-going dispute with the government over pensions, members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have voted in support of industrial action and will be on continuous strike starting this Friday 31st October from 6pm until 6pm on Tuesday 4th November 2014.
We will be providing updates about the industrial action on this website and also via Twitter @iwight and Facebook www.facebook.com/isleofwightcouncil.
During Industrial Action
The FBU must provide seven days notice of industrial action. This enables local authorities to action their contingency plans.
During periods of industrial action, fire cover will be maintained on the Island by non-FBU members who will attend life-critical incidents such as house fires or road traffic incidents. Fire control will not be affected by the strike and will be operating as normal. People should continue to dial 999 in an emergency.
The fire and rescue service will work in partnership with the other emergency services and partner agencies to respond to incidents. Each call will be assessed by the fire and rescue service and resources will be deployed as appropriate. Priority will be given to calls where lives are at risk, so in some cases, such as animal rescues or people trapped in lifts, calls will be challenged by Fire Control Operators and resources may not be deployed.
Householders and businesses are advised not to take unnecessary risks during periods of strike action and make preparations to reduce their chances of needing assistance from the fire and rescue service. This includes taking extra care when cooking or smoking, checking that smoke alarms are working and knowing what to do in an event of a fire and sharing this knowledge with others.
Owners of non-residential premises are also being reminded to prepare by ensuring their legislative duties, such as fire risk assessments and fire safety management, are up to date.