Cambridgeshire fire crew to go on strike next week

Firefighters were called to the blaze on the High Street, Saffron Walden.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on the High Street, Saffron Walden. - Credit: Archant

Cambridgeshire fire crew are calling on residents to be slower and more viglant when they go on a 24-hour strike next week.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced a 24-hour strike tarting at 7am on Wednesday February 25.

Plans are being put in place to ensure fire cover across the county is maintained and that emergency 999 calls are responded to.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: “It’s disappointing for everyone that the industrial dispute continues however, as with previous strike periods, we will ensure arrangements are in place to provide fire and rescue cover across the authority area.

“Whilst not as extensive as normal we will aim to ensure the emergency services we provide are the best they can be in such challenging circumstances.”

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The public is asked to follow the Be Safer, Be Slower, Be Vigilant routine:

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

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Make sure you’ve got a fire alarm 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.

Ensure any open fires or candles are fully extinguished and disposed of safely.

Plan your escape route if there is a fire in your home and close doors when you go to bed.

Do not overload electrical sockets and turn off appliances when not in use.

Don’t make any unnecessary road journeys and take extra care when driving.

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