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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Vigilance is called for as the FBU is set to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

19/12/2013

People are once again being urged to be vigilant ahead of further Fire Brigades Union strikes which are planned for two of the busiest social nights of the year.

"I would like to thank residents for being vigilant during the previous strikes and to call on them to do the same thing during the forthcoming industrial action. It will not be business as usual during any of the three strikes and there will be limited resources available on what are traditionally two of the busiest nights of the year in our town centres."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

 The FBU has called industrial action from 7pm-midnight on Christmas Eve and 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve to 12.30am on New Year’s Day.

There will be an additional strike from 6.30am-8.30am on Friday, January 3.

There have already been six periods of industrial action as well as one that was cancelled.

The FBU voted to strike in a dispute with the government over pensions.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford urged revellers to be extra careful whether they are going out to pubs or clubs or socialising at home with family and friends.

He said: “I would like to thank residents for being vigilant during the previous strikes and to call on them to do the same thing during the forthcoming industrial action. It will not be business as usual during any of the three strikes and there will be limited resources available on what are traditionally two of the busiest nights of the year in our town centres. I would encourage party-goers to look after themselves and each other when they are out socialising.

“Likewise, those who are planning to stay at home and enjoy a few alcoholic drinks with family and friends need to be aware of the risks of having one too many and then cooking. More than half of fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents – don’t put yourself in danger.

“A lot of people light festive candles at this time of year but if they are put too close to festive decorations or are left unattended they can easily cause a house fire. Make sure that candles are always fully extinguished when you go to bed and put them on completely flat, stable surfaces. We want our communities to have fun over the festive period and by using common sense, everyone can have a safe and happy Christmas and a healthy new year.”

Contingency plans are again being put in place across the county ahead of the industrial action and emergency response crews will be available at strategic locations across Staffordshire.

In addition, the Chief Fire Officer will be based in fire control at Stone HQ to monitor and manage all emergency calls received during the two four-hour strike periods where the Service will be prioritising life risk incidents.