The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that its members will be taking further strike action on Friday 13th December between the hours of 1800 hrs and 2200 hrs and again on Saturday 14th December between the hours of 1800hrs and 2200hrs. The national dispute is between the FBU and the Government, however emergency response by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in the County is likely to be affected.
Fire and Rescue cover in the event of a strike
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has a legal duty to provide the County of Norfolk with an emergency fire and rescue service and we have taken action to ensure the continuing provision of a reduced service during the strike.
Levels of response
The level of response available from Norfolk Fire Service during any period of industrial action does not affect the likelihood of a fire occurring in your workplace or other premises. However, the vigilance and management of responsible persons can reduce the risk of fire.
The 999/112 system will continue to operate as normal.
During periods of strike action it is foreseeable that:
• Fire Brigade attendance times to some incidents will increase.
• Only a contingency level of service will be available.
• Crews attending may be less familiar with premises or the local geography.
Business will still have a duty to comply with fire safety legislation. The Service provides comprehensive guidance and support on how you should comply with your legal duties; these may be found at :
In addition, we urge all businesses to consider the following Key messages during periods of industrial action :
• Review your fire risk assessment and make sure it is current.
• Check your fire detection
• Make sure escape plans are in place and employees know what to do.
• Resident evacuation plans are clear and well established with staff
• Avoid arson risks, such as rubbish left around
• Delay activities if they have an increased risk of fire associated with them (eg. hot cutting or hot works).
We hope that the dispute will be resolved as soon as possible and would ask that you monitor our website for further updates.