Plans are being put in place to provide fire and rescue cover in Northumberland during an upcoming period of industrial action, the public has been reassured.
However, residents are being warned that it will not be business as usual and are being encouraged to remain vigilant.
The message comes as the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) prepares to strike next week, as part of its ongoing national dispute with the Government over pensions.
The walk-out is the latest period of action to take place in the dispute over reform of firefighter pension schemes.
The FBU has decided to take 24 hours of strike action in England from 7am on Wednesday, February 25, to 7am the next day.
Paul Hedley, deputy chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As always, when there are periods of strike action, we’re asking everyone to remain extra vigilant.
“Although it hasn’t been a severe winter, people need to take care on the roads and leave plenty of time for journeys as lower temperatures can still bring icy conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.
“The public can be reassured we have robust plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action and are again putting these plans in place.
“However, it is important to stress it will not be business as usual.”
He added: “We have also contacted businesses and other premises to assist them in further minimising the risk from fire and other emergencies.”
For more information, including details on fire safety and precautions that residents and businesses can take, visit the website, www.northumberland.gov.uk