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Call for vigilance as FBU announces strikes

05/06/2014

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Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer is urging people to be extra vigilant after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) revealed it will hold two further strikes.

"It will not be business as usual and, due to reduced capacity, it is more vital than ever for people to be careful and to really think about their actions and potential consequences."

The national union has called periods of industrial action running from 9am on Thursday, June 12 to 9am on Friday, June 13 and then from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 21.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “It is very disappointing that another strike, consisting of two separate periods, has been announced. As before, we will be putting contingency plans in place to provide the best possible emergency response cover for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

“However, it will not be business as usual and, due to reduced capacity, it is more vital than ever for people to be careful and to really think about their actions and potential consequences.

“People have taken our warnings on board during previous strikes and I would urge them to do so again this time around. Take extra care on the roads, ensure your smoke alarms are working and be cautious while cooking. It is important that people are aware that we will not be able to respond to every report but we will answer all 999 calls and provide an emergency response to all life-threat incidents.”

It will be the eighth round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.

Previous FBU strike periods were called on:

•    May 2, 3 and 4
•    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

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