Warning to commercial properties ahead of firefighters’ strike

Striking firefighters at Corby last month
Striking firefighters at Corby last month
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The county’s fire service has said it will not go out to fire alarms at commercial properties during Saturday’s strike action.

The warning is due to the on-going national dispute which has already resulted in strike action within Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

A second national stike has been called by the Fire Brigades Union on Saturday between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.

The county fire service has been planning for several months to ensure they can continue to respond to emergencies.

The service is also working with neighbouring authorities and other emergency services to ensure they have the right resources in place and are confident they will be able to provide an emergency response service to county residents and continue to protect communities.

During the industrial action, NFRS will only mobilise to confirmed property fires and other confirmed life risks such as road accidents where persons are confirmed as trapped.

This means NFRS will not be attending any fire alarm sounding in any non-domestic or commercial premises during the strike action.

If you discover a fire in your premises continue to dial 999 and they will attend as soon as possible.

In order to mitigate the chances of a fire starting, firms can reduce the risk to employees and damage to property by following the guidance here: http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/fire/fireandrescue/bfs/pages/default.aspx

Having read the guidance, if you still need to speak to someone about your premises contact NFRS on 01604 797000 and ask to speak to a fire protection officer.