A fire service is urging householders to “be safer, be slower, be vigilant” between noon and 4pm today when firefighters will be striking nationally.
It will be the first firefighters’ strike in 10 years and comes after a row over the Government’s planned changes to pensions, which could see firefighters working until the age of 60.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said it will continue to function during the four-hour strike but with reduced cover, meaning life-threatening incidents will take priority.
Chris Strickland, CFRS spokesman, said: “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.
“These plans will not match the Service’s normal day-to-day cover, but will be enough to ensure that life-threatening incidents receive a 999 response.”
He added: “We will attend using fully trained fire and rescue service officers to crew our fire engines.”
A Fire Brigades Union (FBU) spokesman said 80 per cent of members voted in favour of strike action.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “This initial strike is a warning shot to government. Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions. Governments in Westminster and Cardiff have simply refused to see sense on these issues.
“It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s. The lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.
“None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”
For more fire safety advice, visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk.