Friday, 11 October 2013

Residents Urged To Prepare As Second Strike Date Announced

'Be Safer... Be Slower... Be Vigilant' is the message being reiterated to the public after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced its members are to go out on strike for the second time.

FBU members will be striking for five hours between 6.30pm and 11.30pm on Saturday, October 19.

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.

Householders are also being reminded to start making preparations to ensure 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)
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, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at CFRS, said: "As a small service, the impact of industrial action is inevitably highly disruptive as it requires us to stop doing a lot of our normal day-to-day activities so we can support our frontline services.

"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 non-residential premises can greatly assist us by reducing their chances of dialling 999."

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