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Drivers warned to be careful during firefighters' strike
11:09am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
DRIVERS are being urged to take extra care during the planned industrial action by firefighters this afternoon.
Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) rescue more people from road traffic collisions than from fires.
But between 12noon and 4pm, firefighters will be taking industrial action which means there will be greatly reduced emergency cover across the country.
The dispute that led to this is between the unions and the Government and is not between GMFRS and its firefighters but it does mean that GMFRS will be responding differently to emergencies.
There will be a limited number of fire engines available and the Emergency Fire Crews riding them will not be trained to the same level as our current crews.
A spokesman for GMFRS said: “By staying vigilant and following simple tips you can avoid being involved in a crash on the roads.
“If you're on the roads during the strike, take extra care - you can read advice for safer driving on our website.”
Residents have also been warned to make sure fire alarms are working and escape routes are planned to reduce the demand on the service.
For more information visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.
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