Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care at home and on the roads following the announcement by the Fire Brigades Union that its members will take industrial action on September 25.
"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has robust plans in place for industrial action and we will be answering and responding to all life risk incidents. However, we will not be able to provide our usual emergency response cover during the strike period."
Chris Enness, Deputy Chief Fire Officer.
Householders are being reminded to make preparations to maintain their own safety – including installing and testing smoke alarms, taking extra care whilst cooking, checking electrical appliances and disposing of cigarettes and matches carefully. Residents are also being asked to look out for elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours and help them stay safer.
The national FBU has declared a firefighter strike between 12 noon and 4pm on Wednesday, September 25 over changes to their Government pension payments and conditions of service. The union has to give seven days’ notice prior to any industrial action taking place.
Staffordshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Enness is asking people to take extra safety precautions and only dial 999 in a genuine emergency.
He said: “Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has robust plans in place for industrial action and we will be answering and responding to all life risk incidents. However, we will not be able to provide our usual emergency response cover during the strike period. This means it is more important than ever for people to be extra vigilant when it comes to their and everyone else’s safety.
“There is no need to be alarmed, but I am appealing to people to drive carefully, ensure that all cooking appliances and electrical items are switched off after use and to check their smoke alarms are working – these simple actions could save their, or their family’s lives. It is also important that people take care while at work in commercial and businesses premises.
“We are notifying local residents, businesses and the local media as to what people can do to keep themselves safe. Fire safety information is also on our website at www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk .”