Response times will be hit if firefighters strike, the fire service has warned.
Bucks Fire and Rescue Service has promised it will be ‘business as usual’ if strike action goes ahead, but said people should take extra care if it does happen.
Fire Brigades Union members have voted by almost four to one in favour of a strike in a row over pensions.
Mick Osborne, head of service delivery at Bucks Fire, said: “I want to reassure the public that we will be answering emergency calls and responding to them during any periods of industrial action
“We have prepared a robust business continuity plan in case a strike happens, which has enough capacity to allow us to continue to deliver a safe level of cover across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
“However, should any industrial action take place, there is inevitably going to be an impact on our usual response times.
“We would urge the public to be vigilant during any planned strike periods to help reduce unnecessary calls and to take extra precautions to prevent fires in their homes and businesses.
“We are still very hopeful that a compromise can be reached between the government and firefighters and that our business continuity arrangements will not have to be tested.
“However, we can assure those communities that we serve that everything will be done in order to protect them in the event of any emergency.”