High Peak residents reminded to use 999 wisely during firefighter strikes

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High Peak residents are being urged not to make unnecessary 999 calls, particularly during a strike by firefighters tomorrow (Wednesday).

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) has made the plea after members of the Fire Brigades Union announced a four-hour strike between 12 noon and 4pm tomorrow.

DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during the strike period, but it will be at a reduced level so local people are being urged to consider the need for a fire engine before calling 999.

Area Manager, Kam Basi, spokesperson for DFRS, said: “Whilst the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls; however we are asking people to only call 999 if they really do need a fire engine.

“Our priority during times of industrial action is to respond to those priority calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued. If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need of our help could be at risk.

“A non-emergency call could be to someone who is locked outside their house, or where someone is stuck in a lift. There are other agencies and organisations that can help in this instance.

“We do find ourselves in an unusual situation where we must prioritise our calls for those who are most in need of our assistance. However, I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced control room operator can deal with your situation. You must not try to call your local fire station directly.”