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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chief Fire Officer praises the community’s vigilance during strike action

04/11/2013

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, tonight praised members of the community for their vigilance as 999 calls dropped dramatically during the industrial action.

"Clearly communities of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire took responsibility for their safety this evening resulting in significantly reduced demand on our services."

Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service received just two emergency calls during the Fire Brigades Union strike which ran from 6.30pm to 11.00pm.

The average number of incidents for the same time period on a Friday evening for the last three years is nine.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford thanked residents and motorists for being extra careful during the four-and-a-half-hour strike period when firefighter numbers were significantly reduced.

He said: “Clearly communities of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire took responsibility for their safety this evening resulting in significantly reduced demand on our services.

“We are very grateful that people took our messages seriously and we hope they will do likewise during the next period of strike action on Monday morning.”  

At 22.14 a crew from Longton was despatched to a domestic property in Novi Lane, Leek following a report of a chimney fire. The incident involved a Rayburn and firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots. They left the scene at 23.17 and the cause of the fire was accidental ignition.

Fire Control at Stone also received a 999 call from a householder wanting advice after a carbon monoxide alarm activated.