Monday, 11 November 2013

Stay Safe During Mid-Week FBU Strike

Householders and businesses are being urged to prepare for a national FBU strike on Wednesday (Nov 13), between 10am and 2pm, to ensure their chances of dialling 999 are reduced.

They can do this by following the 'Be Safer... Be Slower... Be Vigilant' routine and completing the simple safety checklist:
  • Smoke alarms - Fit and check the batteries 
  • Always dial 999 in an emergency 
  • Fire safety advice - Check our website www.cambsfire.gov.uk 
  • Escape - Know your escape routes 
  • Traffic - Slow down, drive to arrive 
  • Young and elderly - Check on your loved ones

Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service 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 on how to keep your home safe from fire, log onto www.cambsfire.gov.uk