Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Stay Firework Safe On Strike Night

Residents are urged to be extra safe with bonfire and firework celebrations on Friday (November 1), as Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members prepare to take industrial action during the evening.

The public are encouraged to pay even more attention to the 'Be Safer... Be Slower... Be Vigilant' message during planned strike action from 6.30pm until 11pm on Friday (November 1), owing to the festive time of year.

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 strike falls on the Friday before Bonfire Night. It is just before Diwali and coincides with half term, so people need to be really careful with fireworks and bonfires.

"Some residents will be planning to hold their own firework celebrations on Friday and we are urging them if possible to rearrange their plans to another evening. If you want to see fireworks, it's safer to go to organised displays than setting off your own and lighting bonfires.

"If you do decide to light a bonfire or fireworks, please follow simple safety measures to stay safe. By preparing to follow this guidance, 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.
For further information on the strike and further safety advice, log onto www.cambsfire.gov.uk