Cambridgeshire fire alarm response needs 999 call

Firefighters will now respond to automatic alarms in daylight hours at 21,000 properties in Cambridgeshire only after a 999 call is made.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue has imposed the new rule from Saturday after a survey revealed 98% of callouts in 2012-13 were unnecessary.

The new response regime will operate from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

Hospitals, schools, residential care homes and flats above four storeys will be exempt from the changes.

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