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Chief Fire Officer thanks residents for taking extra care during strike action

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, has today thanked members of the community for being extra vigilant during this morning’s industrial action.

"Local communities clearly took notice of our campaign as the one incident that we attended was a small fire and the only other call we received was to report an automatic fire alarm." 

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, has today thanked Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service received just two emergency calls during the Fire Brigades Union strike which ran from 6am to 8am.

One crew from Cannock attended a small fire at a field off Hobnock Road in Essington. The call was received at 7.45am and firefighters left the scene at 9.40am.

The second call was to report an automatic fire alarm at a commercial building at Stablethorpe, Thorpe Lane in Tamworth. It was reported at 7.49am but crews did not attend.

Over the last three years, the average number of incidents firefighters have been deployed to during the same period as the strike is two.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford thanked residents and motorists for taking heed of the Service’s safety messages.

“As a Service we have worked very hard to promote vital safety messages ahead of and during the strike action. Local communities clearly took notice of our campaign as the one incident that we attended was a small fire and the only other call we received was to report an automatic fire alarm. I would like to thank residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for their vigilance.”