Owners and occupiers of commercial and non-domestic premises have been warned that firefighters will not attend any fire alarms at their buildings during industrial action on Saturday.
A national strike has been called by the Fire Brigades Union on Saturday, October 19 between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.
A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “During industrial action, NFRS will only mobilise to confirmed property fires and other confirmed life risks such as road accidents, where people are confirmed to be trapped. This is to ensure our resources are available to those in the community, who are in need of emergency response,
“This means NFRS will not be attending any fire alarm sounding in any non-domestic or commercial premises during the period of industrial action.
“Please be assured that should you discover a fire in your premises continue to dial 999 and we will attend as soon as possible.”
“This is a testing time for the UK Fire and Rescue Service and we are taking every precaution to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. We have been planning for some considerable months to ensure that the service will continue to be able to respond to emergencies.
“Northamptonshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service is also working with our neighbouring authorities and other emergency services to ensure we have the right resources in place, and we are confident we will be able to provide an emergency response service to the residents of Northamptonshire and continue to protect communities.”
In order to reduce the chances of a fire starting, reduce the risk to your employees and damage to your property follow the guidance here.
Having read the guidance, should you still need to speak to someone about your premises contact NFRS on Northampton 797000 and ask to speak to a fire protection officer.