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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Take extra care on strike day

14-10-2013

 Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care at home and on the roads during a second national strike by the Fire Brigades Union to take place between 6.30pm and 11.30pm on Saturday, October 19.

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has stringent plans in place for this second round of 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 so it is vital that people are more vigilant than ever when it comes to safety."

Director of Response Julian Hilditch

Householders are being reminded to make preparations to maintain their own safety – including installing and testing smoke alarms, taking extra care when 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 to stay safe.

The Service is encouraging motorists to reduce their speed, not to use their mobile phone while driving, to always wear a seatbelt, never to drink and drive and to consider the dangers of being over the limit the morning after a night out, to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians and not to drive when tired.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with partner organisations to promote safety messages as widely as possible and has distributed posters to public venues across the county including GP surgeries, community centres and libraries.

Director of Response Julian Hilditch said: “Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has stringent plans in place for this second round of 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 so it is vital that people are more vigilant than ever when it comes to safety.

“Unlike the first period of industrial action, this one will take place on a Saturday evening which is traditionally one of the busier times of the week for the fire service. There is no need to be alarmed but I would urge everyone to bear in mind that it will not be business as usual and to act accordingly.”

Fire safety information and updates on the industrial action are available on Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website at www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk

The FBU is in dispute with the Government over changes to firefighter pensions.  The five-hour strike on October 19 follows the national strike on September 25.