Stay safe during tonight’s planned fire service strike

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Everyone in Cambridgeshire is urged to Be Safer... Be Slower... Be Vigilant between 6.30pm and 11pm tonight (Friday), while a national Fire Brigade Union strike goes ahead.

Residents are urged to be extra safe with bonfire and firework celebrations during this time and pay even more attention to the ‘Be Safer... Be Slower... Be Vigilant’ message during the planned strike action.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service will still continue to function during industrial action but it will have reduced cover. This means incidents involving a life risk will take priority.

Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We would like to reassure members of the public that we will still be able to attend 999 calls, where a person’s life is at risk, including house fires, road traffic collisions and vehicle fires. We will attend using fully trained fire and rescue service officers to crew our fire engines.

“As this second strike falls on the Friday before Bonfire Night, just before Diwali and coincides with half term, people need to be really careful with fireworks and bonfires. As always, if you want to see fireworks, it’s safer to go to organised displays than setting off your own and lighting bonfires.

“By embracing the Be Safer... Be Slower... Be Vigilant motto, members of the public can greatly assist us by reducing their chances of dialling 999.”

Residents can help to reduce their chances of dialling 999 on Friday by doing the following:

• Visiting an organised firework display rather than holding one in their garden.

• Taking greater care on the road during Friday night rush hour.

• Ensuring homes have smoke alarms that are tested regularly

• Take extra care when cooking and smoking

A second strike date is planned for Monday, November 4, from 6am until 8am, and during this time motorists especially are asked to take extra care.

For further information on the strike and further safety advice, log onto www.cambsfire.gov.uk