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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Praise from Chief Fire Officer for taking safety advice seriously

13/11/2013

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, has again praised the county’s residents for taking heed of safety advice during today’s national FBU strike.

 

 

“I appreciate that people took heed of our messages to take care when out and about driving and in their homes. The advice is important and potentially life-saving but it is all too easy to become complacent. I would like to say thank-you to the Staffordshire community for taking our advice seriously.”

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford

Once again, there were no significant incidents during the strike period.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford thanked the community for being extra careful during the strike period when firefighter numbers were reduced across the county.

He said: “Clearly communities of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have once again taken responsibility for their safety resulting in there being no serious incidents requiring our attendance.

“I appreciate that people took heed of our messages to take care when out and about driving and in their homes. The advice is important and potentially life-saving but it is all too easy to become complacent. I would like to say thank-you to the Staffordshire community for taking our advice seriously.”

Of the four incidents reported during the strike period, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended all four.

These were:

1. 10.41am - lift rescue at Eringden Flats in Stoneydelph in Tamworth. One crew from Tamworth Mercia attended the incident.

2. 12:01 - kitchen fire at a Toby Carvery on Marina Way in Etruria. The TRV (targeted response vehicle, small appliance) from Hanley attended as the caller stated the fire had already been put out.

3. 12:40 - controlled burn on Horninglow Road in Burton. The TRV from Burton attended and extinguished the bonfire.

4. 13.36 - electrical transformer box that had overheated at St Luke’s Primary School. One crew from Cannock attended the incident.

Today’s strike action was the fourth held by FBU members in a national dispute over firefighter pensions.

The first strike was on September 25, followed by action on November 1 and 4. Industrial action planned for October 19 was called off.