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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Calls for caution after the Fire Brigades Union announces strikes

25/04/2014

Three fire appliances
Three fire appliances

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling for caution following the announcement of three more Fire Brigades Union strike periods.

"As before, we cannot guarantee that it will be business as usual during the strike period but we will answer all 999 calls and respond to all life-threat incidents. However, we will not have the capacity to respond to all reports." 

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

The message comes after the FBU called a seventh round of industrial action over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The strikes will take place from midday-5pm on May 2, 2pm on May 3 to 2am on May 4 and then from 10am-3pm on May 4.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "As before, we cannot guarantee that it will be business as usual during the strike period but we will answer all 999 calls and respond to all life-threat incidents. However, we will not have the capacity to respond to all reports.

"I would like to thank members of the community for their vigilance in helping us to achieve a positive outcome during past industrial action and would urge everyone to continue to be extra cautious during the next planned strikes which are due to span over three days.

"During the strikes of 2013 and early 2014 we received far fewer calls than the average number of incidents reported during the same time frames over the previous three years. By working together we can once again stay safe in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent."

For information and safety advice visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2722.asp

Previous FBU strike periods were called on:

•    January 3 2014, December 31 and December 24
•    December 13 and 14
•    November 13
•    November 1 and 4
•    October 19 (this date was cancelled the day before)
•    September 25