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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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”.
“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”
Business Fire Safety during industrial action
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