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Grab a kebab and avoid house fire during strike
12:39pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are being asked to eat takeaways rather than cook during a planned firefighter strike on Saturday night.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants people to avoid cooking to reduce the risk of needing the limited fire cover available.
Hospitals, schools and residential homes are also being told to call if they have a fire because crews will not respond to fire alarms during the strike between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.
A spokesman said: “56% of house fires in Essex start in the kitchen, so avoiding cooking this Saturday could make real difference while there is reduced fire cover.
Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick added: “By ordering in a takeaway people can make a real difference and help us reduce the risk of fire.”
Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union will be striking over Government pension and retirement reforms for a second time.
Firefighters in Essex, unlike in other counties, will be banned from entering the 52 stations, with vehicles running from 12 alternative sites, during the strike even if there is a major incident.
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