FIREFIGHTERS across West Sussex are due to go on strike on Wednesday from 12pm until 4pm.
Shoreham Fire Station is among the many locations which will run a reduced service due to the strike.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) is urging residents and businesses to take extra care during this period.
The Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU) announced last week that they would be holding a national strike due to an on-going dispute over possible changes to firefighter pensions.
During the strike period the existing Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighters will be called into action as well as other trained non-FBU staff to implement the WSFRS contingency plan.
Shoreham Fire Station current employs a mixture of FBU, RDS and non-FBU crew.
Steyning on the other hand is a retained station and members of the RFU and therefore have no strike policy.
Gary Towson, Shoreham Fire Station, said: “It will be business as normal in some ways, we will just be moving people around to different areas. Not everyone will be on strike. Some at Shoreham are not in the FBU, so some will be on strike and some won’t, it’s a mixed picture. I am confident we will have a service, though it won’t be the normal service but we will move people to where they need to be and carry on with the day.”
Sean Ruth, Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The safety of the public and our staff is always our priority and I want to reassure people in West Sussex that we will still provide a response to emergencies during this industrial action. Naturally, we had all hoped that strike action could be avoided. If the strike goes ahead it will certainly be a challenging time, but if it does then I am confident emergency fire and rescue services can be maintained in West Sussex through a combination of retained firefighters, officers, and non-FBU personnel.
“If you have a genuine emergency you should still dial 999. Inevitably though, a period of industrial action would mean our normal level of response would be reduced and so I would urge the public to take extra steps to protect themselves and reduce the risk of emergencies occurring. Simple things like ensuring your home has a working smoke alarm, not leaving cooking unattended and extinguishing cigarettes properly can make the difference between needing to dial 999 or not.”