Businesses urged to brief staff about firefighters' strike
11:18am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in NW
BUSINESSES are being asked to ensure all their staff are briefed about fire safety so both they and businesses stay safe.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will be deploying Emergency Fire Crews across the county today when firefighters take industrial action between 12noon and 4pm.
But these crews will be responding differently to emergencies and will not be trained to the same level as our current crews.
GMFRS' head of protection services Geoff Harris said: "If you are responsible for a business premises you need to consider if you have adequate arrangements in light of the changes to fire service response, which may mean you need to review your fire risk assessment.
"Businesses who have not carried out a fire risk assessment are reminded that it is a legal requirement to have done one irrespective of the industrial action.
"You also need to look at the measures you have in place to prevent a fire and to protect people in your premises so that everyone can escape the building quickly and easily if there is a fire.
"You should ensure all staff are aware of the situation and know how they can help to reduce fire hazards and the possibility of a false alarm.
"If your premises has an automatic fire alarm system during any periods of industrial action GMFRS will not be responding to calls received as a result of the fire alarm operating - consider who will check for fire if an alarm does goes off, which may require extra training.
"We will only be responding to calls where the call is as a result of a fire, not a fire alarm."
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