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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety messages heeded during second strike

Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, has praised the people of Staffordshire for heeding safety messages, following a second night of strike action.

 

"The people of Staffordshire clearly took on board the safety messages we have been promoting and took extra care in their homes, businesses and on the roads." 

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford

National FBU strikes took place on Friday and Saturday evening from 6pm – 10pm. During both strike periods only minor incidents occurred.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: “The volume of calls we received during Friday and Saturday night’s strikes was significantly lower than usual. The people of Staffordshire clearly took on board the safety messages we have been promoting and took extra care in their homes, businesses and on the roads. Their vigilance significantly eased the pressure on the Service at a time when firefighter numbers were reduced.

“Business as usual has now resumed, however we’d still encourage people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and that of their family and friends to ensure a safer Staffordshire.”

During Saturday night’s strike action crews responded to just two rubbish fires. The first was at 6.31pm on Harpfield Road, Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent. The second was at 8.13pm on Sidney Road, Stafford. 

The strikes took place in a national dispute with the government over pensions. Previous strikes took place on September 25, followed by action on November 1, 4 and 13. Industrial action planned for October 19 was called off. 

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