Fire service issue safety advice ahead of strike action

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Householders and businesses are being urged to prepare for the national Fire Brigades Union strike tomorrow (Wednesday) between 10am and 2pm, to ensure the chances of dialling 999 are reduced.

Firefighters are going on strike for the fourth time in recent weeks over a dispute over retirement age and pensions.

Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire services are all expected to be affected.

The fire service is advising people to complete a simple safety checklist, Check smoke alarms are working; know the escape routes in your building; slow down on the roads; look after the young and elderly and read fire safety advice online at www.cambsfire.gov.uk

People are reminded to continue to call 999 in an emergency.

Deputy chief fire officer Chris Strickland 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.

“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 nonresidential premises can greatly assist us by reducing their chances of dialling 999.”

Firefighters from the area joined their colleagues across the country in staging a strike on September 25, November 1 and Monday last week, over the same issue.