Warning to Fenland residents ahead of firefighters strike

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A warning has been issued to Fenland residents ahead of a 24 hour strike by firefighters tomorrow (Wednesday, February 25).

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will be walking out from 7am in the a dispute over pay and pensions.

Cambridgeshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: “Back up plans are in place to ensure fire cover across the county is maintained using our own fire engines, and operated by our own staff at our own fire stations.

“We are however, warning the public that this is not a normal level of cover and therefore all steps should be taken to ensure you reduce the risk of having to call 999.”

The public is asked to:

- Continue to dial 999 as normal. Be aware that calls may be prioritised.

- Take extra care on the county’s roads; drive to the conditions.

- Ensure smoke alarms are working

- Know what to do in the event of a fire - get out, stay out and dial 999.

- Ensure cigarettes are fully extinguished and disposed of safely.

- Take care while cooking in the kitchen and avoid getting distracted.

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