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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Take extra care during strikes

28/10/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care during bonfire activities and also at home and on the roads during two further national strikes by the Fire Brigades Union. 

"One of the strikes takes place this Friday evening, a time when a number of organisations and individuals are planning to hold their annual bonfire night celebrations. We are urging everyone who is holding, or going along to, a bonfire event on Friday night to be vigilant about their safety and everyone else’s. The second strike is planned for the Monday morning rush-hour and we are appealing to motorists to take note of our driving advice to ensure they reach their destination safely."  

Director of Response Julian Hilditch

These are scheduled to take place between 6.30pm and 11pm on Friday, November 1 and from 6am to 8am on Monday, November 4.

The county’s residents are being reminded to make preparations to maintain their own safety – including installing and testing smoke alarms, taking extra care around bonfires and fireworks, being vigilant 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.

Director of Response Julian Hilditch said: "Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has plans in place for this fresh 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.

"One of the strikes takes place this Friday evening, a time when a number of organisations and individuals are planning to hold their annual bonfire night celebrations. We are urging everyone who is holding, or going along to, a bonfire event on Friday night to be vigilant about their safety and everyone else’s.

"The second strike is planned for the Monday morning rush-hour and we are appealing to motorists to take note of our driving advice to ensure they reach their destination safely.

"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."

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.

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 first four-hour national strike by FBU members was on September 25. A subsequent five-hour strike on October 19 was called off.