Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Mid-Week Strike Called By FBU

A further mid-week strike date has been announced by the national Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

It members will take industrial for the fourth time on Wednesday, November 13, between 10am and 2pm 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.

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)

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: "This will be the fourth strike we've endured and as a small service the impact of industrial action is inevitably highly disruptive.
"We have a legal duty to provide a service to the community and we will be maintaining our delivery of service to the communities of Cambridgeshire by drawing on our on-call staff, senior support staff and operational officers from across the Service.

"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.

"By preparing to follow our 'Be Safer... Be Slower...  Be Vigilant' message, 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