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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Praise from Chief Fire Officer after no incidents of note reported during strike


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Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, has again praised the vigilance of the county’s residents after no incidents of note were reported during this weekend’s national FBU strike.

Mr Dartford said: "I would like to thank the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for listening to our safety advice and taking responsibility for their own wellbeing and that of their family and friends.

"We had robust contingency plans in place which enabled us to handle the calls that we received, with four incidents on Friday, 22 on Saturday and 13 today. The vigilance people have shown helped to ease the pressure on the Service at a time when firefighter numbers were reduced. While we had some busy periods during the 22 hours of industrial action, our plans coped well at all times."

The strike took place between 12pm until 5pm on Friday, 2pm on Saturday until 2am today and then from 10am until 3pm today in a dispute with the government over pensions

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