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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chief Fire Officer calls for continued caution during FBU strike

07/11/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling for continued caution following the announcement of a further Fire Brigades Union strike.

"We have received significantly fewer calls during the strike periods, compared to the average number of incidents reported during identical time periods over the last three years.This is very encouraging and I would like to thank the community for their efforts in helping us to achieve this outcome." 

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford thanked residents, motorists and businesses for their cooperation during the previous strikes on November, 4 and 1 and September 25 but urged people not to be complacent.

The message comes after the FBU said its members would be holding a fourth round of industrial action from 10am-2pm on Wednesday, November 13.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "We have received significantly fewer calls during the strike periods, compared to the average number of incidents reported during identical time periods over the last three years.

"This is very encouraging and I would like to thank the community for their efforts in helping us to achieve this outcome.

"However, this is an on-going national FBU dispute and we cannot afford to be complacent. During strike periods we answer all 999 calls to the Service – but our capacity to respond to all incidents is reduced and we cannot guarantee 'business as usual'.

"Therefore, I am urging residents, motorists and employers to continue to heed the safety advice we are distributing via the media, our prevention teams, partner organisations and our website as well as via leaflets, posters and advertising. This information is vital and could have life-saving consequences."

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

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 be aware of 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.