The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced further strike action in its on-going dispute with central Government over planned changes to firefighter pensions.

FBU members will hold 4 continuous days of strike action from 6pm on Friday October 31 to 6pm on Tuesday 4th November.

As with previous periods of industrial action, contingency plans will be put in place to maintain emergency cover across the county. During the strike West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will still be responding to 999 calls, but will have fewer resources available.

With the action taking place when many people may be attending or holding firework or bonfire celebrations West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to help prevent emergencies by attending a properly organised community bonfire and firework event.

Simple steps to staying safer:

. Smoke alarms save lives – test yours to make sure it is working
. Take extra care in the kitchen – unattended cooking is a common cause of fire
. Smoking is the leading cause of fatal house fires – dispose of cigarettes carefully and never smoke in bed
. Do you have an escape plan? – Check everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire
. Take extra care on the roads – never drink and drive, observe speed limits and don’t use your mobile phone while driving

Further safety advice is available at www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire or by following @WestSussexFire on Twitter or visiting www.facebook.com/wsfrs

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