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Strike action by fire-fighters: Wednesday 25 September

Staff and students may be aware that fire-fighters in England and Wales have announced that they will take strike action for four hours on Wednesday 25 September between 12 noon and 4pm.

The Fire Brigades Union have said that fire-fighters will respond should a "major incident" occur in their area, and a number of regional FBU unions have explicitly said that they will attend incidents where there is immediate risk to life.

While the strike is of short duration and unlikely to cause significant impact to the normal life of the University, staff and students should of course consider any potential impact on events they are running within that short time frame. This is also an opportune moment for staff and students to:

  • Remind themselves of the basic fire procedures
  • Re-familiarise themselves with the local emergency exit routes
  • Ensure that they, their colleagues, and friends take every fire alarm seriously and evacuate immediately, calmly and safely on hearing such an alarm

Anyone wishing to discuss any more specific area of fire safety should contact Chris Mayfield, the University’s Fire Safety Adviser on ext. 22561 or mobile: 07876 218170.