South Yorkshire fire chief issues warning ahead of strike

Chief Fire Officer James Courtney
Chief Fire Officer James Courtney
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South Yorkshire’s Chief Fire Officer is again warning South Yorkshire residents to expect a reduced 999 service during an eight-day period of strike action.

James Courtney issued the warning as firefighters are preparing to take industrial action over an eight day period from Saturday.

Firefighters plan to strike between noon and 2pm and 11pm and midnight from August 9 until August 16 in an ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions and job security.

Mr Courtney, said: “Whilst the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but our emergency response service will be significantly reduced so we’re calling on people to

take extra care to prevent fires.

“Our priority will be responding to life threatening emergencies, so the more people can do to eliminate unnecessary calls the more likely our fire engines will be available to respond to the most

serious emergencies.

Test your smoke alarms- and make sure everyone knows what to do if they do go off.”