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HAMPSHIRE residents are being reminded to take extra care during new year as two firefighters’ strikes take place next week.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s resources will be depleted by industrial action on New Year’s Eve from 6.30pm to 12.30am and January 3 from 6.30am to 8.30am.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will be on strike for two dates, after holding its first strike in a series of industrial action on Christmas Eve.

The service says it is reassuring the public emergency calls will still be answered and responded to, but that response times will be hit by the strikes. Assistant chief officer Neil Odin told people not to take any unnecessary risks when it comes to their festive celebrations.

He said: ‘If you are drinking, then please don’t think about driving but grab a cab instead. Also keep an eye on your cooking.

‘I want to reassure the public that if they call 999 during the strike hours, we will still respond. However the response may have to come from further away and therefore may take longer to get there. So please only consider picking up the phone in a genuine emergency so we can full use of the resources available to us.’