FBU Industrial Action 

Fire and Road Safety information during periods of Industrial Action

Richie Prendergast, Assistant Chief Fire Officer of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to ‘take extra care’ in terms of fire safety in the home and road safety during the periods of strike action by Firefighters.
The Fire Brigade’s Union has announced that it is intending to take further industrial action
- allowing any operational member of that Union to protest.

Richie Prendergast, Assistant Fire Officer of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said;

“During this strike period SWFRS will continue to deliver against its statutory obligations to the best of its ability with the very limited resources that are at its disposal and will prioritise deployment of the available resources with a focus on the protection of life”.

ACFO Richie Prendergast said, “We have recruited and trained an Auxiliary Reserve. These are members of the public who have been trained in basic firefighting and rescue techniques and they will be capable of dealing with the vast majority of the calls we usually receive.  However this is a significant reduction from our usual levels of emergency cover and expertise and the Service will need to carefully deploy these Auxiliary Reserve Units to where life is most at risk”.

“The way for the public to stay safe is avoid having an accident in the first place and to take their own precautions. To help this SWFRS will continue to actively communicate with the public and provide information in order to reduce risk to communities, businesses and other stakeholders of South Wales via regular press statements, press releases and the SWFRS website. There will also be a dedicated public enquiries email address (enquiries@southwales-fire.gov.uk).

During and in the lead up to any periods of Industrial Action the Service social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) will only be used for immediate public safety messages regarding on-going incidents”.

“The Management of SWFRS will work to maintain strong industrial relations and a continual dialogue with the Fire Brigade’s Union throughout any periods of industrial action and will continue to communicate openly and honestly with its communities and staff through direct channels but our main responsibility is to meet our statutory duties and keep the public safe”.

“If any member of the public needs to call SWFRS regarding a non-urgent matter it would help us if they considered waiting an extra day to make that call.  SWFRS will plan to deliver ‘business as usual’ outside of periods of industrial action and expects a speedy and safe return to normality on conclusion of any period of industrial action”.

“This is a dispute between the Fire Brigade’s Union and Central Government and as employers and managers we hope this matter is quickly brought to a safe and acceptable conclusion for all parties”.

  • Prevention is best - paying extra attention to fire safety in the home.
  • If a fire does start - get out, stay out and call 999 and don’t be tempted to tackle a fire yourself.
  • Ensure you have a smoke alarm and test that it is in working order – fit one in your caravan before caravanning. Be extra vigilant about your safety when out camping or caravanning – be responsible with gas cylinders and when using flammable liquids. Never leave naked flames unattended.
  • Do not mix drinking and cooking – our experience proves it really can be a recipe for disaster. Everyone enjoys a bank holiday tipple but be responsible and do not leave cooking unattended. If you are hungry after a night out, get a takeaway or make a sandwich - do not get the chip pan out or leave cooking unattended.
  • Pay particular attention to road safety  – if you are unfortunate enough to be in a collision we may not be able to get there to help you as quickly as we normally would
  • Switch off any unused electrical appliances before you go to bed, including your TV, and close all doors – make sure you have an escape plan in the event of fire
  • Ensure you extinguish smoking materials and take extra care with naked flames. Take care with barbeques – do not leave one unattended and always allow embers to cool before disposal.
  • Grass fires can spread quickly during dry weather; putting lives and property at serious risk so avoid using naked flames when out and about and dispose of smoking materials with care. Over 90% of grass fires are started deliberately., meaning there are totally avoidable, remember setting fires deliberately is a crime for which you can be prosecuted.

  • Prevention is best - paying extra attention to fire safety in the home.
  • If a fire does start - get out, stay out and call 999
  • Don’t be tempted to tackle a fire yourself.
  • “Business owners also need to ensure that their fire risk assessment is up to date and ensure that their premises remain safe from fire during periods of industrial action. Below are some fire safety tips for home owners and business owners”

     Fire Safety in the Home during industrial action

     Business Fire Safety during industrial action

     Frequently asked questions


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If you have a query regarding industrial action please call

Tel: 01443 232181
email: enquiries@southwales-fire.gov.uk
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