Two evening strikes have been announced by the national Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
It’s members will take industrial action for the fifth time on Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, between 6pm and 10pm and during this period, the people of Cambridgeshire are asked to ‘Be Safer... Be Slower... Be Vigilant’.
Residents across the county should be reassured that Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has back up plans in place to ensure it can still answer 999 calls. These plans will not match the Service’s normal day-to-day cover, but will be enough to ensure that life-threatening incidents, such as house fires, road traffic collisions and vehicle fires received a 999 response.
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.”
Householders are also being reminded to make preparations to ensure their chances of dialling 999 during a strike 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)
For further information on the strike and further safety advice, log onto www.cambsfire.gov.uk