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Take extra care on roads during strike

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care on the roads during a further national strike by the Fire Brigades Union on Wednesday.

"In the last few days there have been a number of serious road traffic collisions on Staffordshire’s roads, including two on the same day in daylight in which a person tragically lost their life and another where we were called upon to extricate a casualty trapped in a vehicle."

Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer.

Industrial action is scheduled to take place between 10am and 2pm on November 13.   

The county’s residents are being reminded to be mindful of their own – and others’ – safety when out on the roads especially as wet weather is forecast for this week. .

The Service is encouraging motorists to reduce their speed, not to use a mobile phone while driving, to always wear a seatbelt, never to drink and drive, to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians and not to drive when tired.

Motorists are also being asked to consider whether they may still be over the alcohol limit for driving the morning after a night out.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford, 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 be unable to provide our usual emergency response cover during the strike so it is vital that people do all they can to ensure their own and other people’s safety.

“In the last few days there have been a number of serious road traffic collisions on Staffordshire’s roads, including two on the same day in daylight in which a person tragically lost their life and another where we were called upon to extricate a casualty trapped in a vehicle.

“We don’t want to unduly alarm motorists but we do want them to reach their destinations safely and therefore urge them to take heed of our safe driving advice.  

“This next strike is planned to take place in daylight hours on Wednesday. However, drivers should not be complacent as we are now well into November and road surfaces are wet and may be slippery from fallen leaves. There is also a danger of branches and other debris being blown on to roadways. 

“We would also ask motorists not to attempt to drive through any flood water, should we experience prolonged rainfall.” 

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.  There have been national strikes on November 4 and 1 and September 25. A strike planned for October 19 was called off.  

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.