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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Cumbrian public urged to be vigilant during latest firefighter strikes

Firefighters are urging the public to help two planned walkouts pass off without incident.

Some members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be taking industrial action between 6pm and 10pm today and tomorrow in a row over pensions.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to show the same vigilance seen during the last round of strikes last month.

That time firefighters were able to deal with just two incidents in the county and they hope the walkouts pass off safely once again.

A spokesman said: “We are fully prepared for the strike action and will be putting in place contingency plans to enable us to maintain a fire and rescue service capability like we did during [previous] walkouts.

“We’ll continue to provide the best service we can with the resources available.

“While 999 calls will be answered as normal, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s response to incidents where life is considered to be in danger will be prioritised so we're again asking the people of Cumbria to help us out during the strike by taking additional safety steps to reduce the risks of fire, driving with extra care to avoid the possibility of road traffic collisions and not calling 999 unless it’s a genuine emergency.

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