Fire Service Plans For Tour De France In Cambridge
3 July 2014, 06:03
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service says it will still be able to provide cover during the Tour de France in Cambridge, despite removing engines from the city's main fire station.
Engines usually based at Parkside Place Community Fire and Rescue Station will be "strategically relocated in the city and supported by extra resources."
This is because Parkside is right next to the start line for Stage Three of the world's biggest cycle race on Monday.
The building is also in the middle of several roads which will be closed during the race.
Group Commander Alan Brown, head of operational support at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Extensive planning and preparations have been made and we will have an increased response capability on Monday when Le Tour comes to Cambridge.
As well as our normal Cambridge-based appliances being available along with on-call crews in nearby village fire stations, we will have strategically placed fire officers in the city who could attend should an automatic fire alarm sound.
However, if this happens between 8am and 3pm, businesses will face an additional level of challenge before a fire engine is sent, therefore it is important premises have suitably trained staff to manage automatic fire alarms.
Fire crews from Hertfordshire and Essex will be working alongside Cambridgeshire fire appliances in South Cambridgeshire to provide increased cover.