Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents, motorists and businesses to continue to be cautious ahead of tomorrow’s Fire Brigades Union strike.
"We cannot afford to be complacent and must continue to take every possible precaution to keep ourselves, and each other, safe."
Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer.
The industrial action will take place from 10am-2pm over a national dispute with the Government about firefighter pensions.
It will be the fourth FBU strike following a members’ ballot that was held in August. The first was held from midday-4pm on September 25, followed by a second from 6.30pm-11pm on November 1 and a third from 6am-8am on November 4.
A strike which was due to run between 6.30pm and 11.30pm on October 19 was cancelled the day before.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “Although this is the fourth FBU strike, we cannot afford to be complacent and must continue to take every possible precaution to keep ourselves, and each other safe. The Service will respond to all life risk incidents and people must continue to call 999 if there is a genuine emergency.
“I would urge residents to follow our six simple steps at home, in work and on the roads and to be aware that, although we have contingency plans in place in Staffordshire, it will not be business as usual and people must act accordingly.”
Residents are being asked to follow six simple steps while at home:
• Protect your home with working smoke alarms
• Take extra care in the kitchen
• Check your electrics
• Plan a safe escape route in the event of an emergency
• Smoke safely – put smoking materials out properly and dispose of them carefully
• Make sure you sleep safely – a bedtime safety routine can reduce the risk of fire while you are asleep
Motorists are being encouraged to:
• Reduce your speed
• Don’t use a mobile phone while driving
• Always wear a seatbelt
• Don’t drink and drive – and beware the morning after
• Watch out for cyclists and pedestrians
• Don’t drive while tired
Fire safety information and updates on the industrial are available on Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website at www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk
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.