London Fire Brigade

Brigade urges caution ahead of firefighters’ strike

24 February 2015

London Fire Brigade is urging people to take extra care ahead of the 24 hour Fire Brigade’s Union strike on Wednesday. 

This will be the 49th round of FBU strike action since 25 September 2013 and relates to its ongoing dispute with the government over changes to firefighter pensions.

Wednesday’s strike is for 24 hours from 7am until 7am on Thursday, 26 February. London Fire Brigade will again put in place a contingency service, but its Commissioner wants people to understand that it does not replicate a normal service.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said:

“As this is the first strike in three months there is a real concern that people will have forgotten about our arrangements and the incidents contingency crews will attend.

“There will be twenty seven fire engines available across London but we will not be providing our usual service so people must take steps to prevent fires.

“Keep a closer eye on your cooking, make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished and never leave candles unsupervised. I’d particularly like Londoners to look out for vulnerable residents especially those with mobility issues.”

The Brigade will have fire engines based at strategic locations and contingency crews will deal with emergencies across London during the strikes but it will not replicate a normal service and some less serious incidents, like fire alarms and bin fires, will not be attended.

During the strike firefighters will attend:

• Serious fires –  like those in Londoners’ homes – confirmed by a 999 call
• Fires that involve gas cylinders or hazardous substances.
• Explosions
• Vehicle fires or boat fires
• Fires at railway stations and rail and road tunnels or fires involving people in underground tunnels
• Aircraft or train crashes
• Road traffic collisions
• Collapsed structures
• During the strike firefighters may not be able to attend:
• Grass fires and other outdoor fires such as trees, hedges or undergrowth alight.
• Rubbish fires (including fires in bins and skips) and fires on open ground.
• Animal rescues (these will be referred to the RSPCA).
• People shut in lifts (owners of buildings are responsible for ensuring arrangements are in place to release people from faulty lifts).
• Flooding Automatic fire alarms – a fire engine will only be sent when the fire has been confirmed by a 999 call.

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Notes to editors

Strike advice for London businesses can be found here.