‘Be Safer… Be Slower… Be Vigilant’ is the message to members of the public after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced that its members would go out on strike for four hours on Wednesday, September 25 from noon to 4pm.
As the dates approach, members of the public should be reassured that Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has back up plans in place to ensure it could still answer 999 calls if a strike was to occur. These plans would not match the Service’s normal day-to-day cover, but would be enough to ensure that life-threatening incidents, such as house fires, road traffic collisions and vehicle fires received a 999 response.
Householders are also being reminded to start making preparations to ensure that their chances of dialling 999 in the coming weeks are reduced, by following the ‘Be Safer… Be Slower…. Be Vigilant’ routine:
• Take extra care when you are cooking or smoking
• Continue to dial 999 as normal. Be aware that calls could be prioritised
• Smoke alarms – Make sure you’ve got one and check it works
• Know what to do in the event of a fire – get out, stay out and dial 999
• Share fire safety – Talk to friends and family (visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk for advice)
While non-residential premises are being reminded to prepare by ensuring their legislative duties are up to date:
• Fire risk assessments should be in place and current
• Fire safety management should be taking place – Particularly around fire alarms, firefighting equipment and staff training.
Chris Strickland from 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 be doing this by using fully trained fire and rescue service officers to crew our fire engines.
“By preparing to follow this guidance, members of the public and nonresidential premises can greatly assist us by reducing their chances of dialling 999.”