Party-goers, motorists and families enjoying festivities are urged to take extra care as Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members prepare to take industrial action tonight (Friday) and Saturday (December 14) evening.
The public are encouraged to pay even more attention to the ‘Be Safer... Be Slower... Be Vigilant’ message during planned strike action on both nights from 6pm until 10pm, owing to the festive time of year.
Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at CFRS, said: “The strikes have been called on two weekend evenings so many people across the county will be out and about enjoying themselves with friends, colleagues and family in the run up to Christmas.
“Therefore, not only are we asking residents to take extra care during the strikes when there will be reduced fire cover, but we are also encouraging people to drive safely during rush hour and try not to overdo it if consuming alcohol – both at home and out in our towns and cities.
“We are working hard to maintain a good level of service to the communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Quite a few of our rural stations will be available as normal and we will crew stations in urban areas with operational officers from Station Commander right up to Chief Fire Officer. This will ensure experienced crews are available to deal with any incidents that happen, which we hope will be reassuring for members of the public.”
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking the county’s residents to:
• Take extra care when cooking or smoking – especially while drinking alcohol
• Pay extra attention while driving during rush hour and drive to the conditions
• Make sure you – and older relatives and friends – have a smoke alarm, that it is correctly fitted and has working batteries • Know what to do in the event of a fire - get out, stay out and dial 999
For further information on the strike and further safety advice, log onto www.cambsfire.gov.uk or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.