Plans are in place to provide fire cover across Cambridgeshire to maintain an emergency response during the three periods of national industrial action taking place by Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The fire and rescue service is however warning the public that 999 emergency 'response resilience plans' previously implemented will be 'tested' this weekend due to the times of the strike action and fire officers are urging people to pay even more attention to the 'Be Safer.. Be Slower.. Be Vigilant' motto during these times.
Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at CFRS, said: "The FBU has chosen to schedule a 12 hour strike finishing at 2am on Sunday and follow it with another strike just eight hours later. This means resilience staff will inevitably be tired come the third strike at 10am on Sunday, with a majority having had less than six hours rest.
"These strikes give us new challenges to provide fire cover for Cambridgeshire over the bank holiday weekend. The back up plans in place 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. Quite a few of our rural on-call stations will be available as normal and we will crew stations in urban areas with operational officers from station commander right up to Chief Fire Officer."
The strikes are scheduled to take place on Friday May 2, between 12 noon and 5pm, Saturday May 3, between 2pm and 2am and Sunday May 4, between 10am and 3pm.
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