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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Take extra care when the World Cup kicks off

10/06/2014

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Football fans are being urged to take extra care during the first World Cup game which coincides with a 24-hour Fire Brigades Union strike.

"This is also the longest period of industrial action during this strike, lasting for 24 hours, which will put additional pressure on our resources. Last time we had strike action for this period of time in 2002/03, we had the support of the military in the form of the green goddesses – this is no longer the case. We will answer all 999 calls and will respond to all life-threatening incidents. However, we may not respond to every call, particularly if they do not relate to a genuine emergency."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

The national period of industrial action will kick off at 9am on Thursday, June 12 and will end at 9am on Friday, June 13.

Thursday’s industrial action of 24 hours will be the longest period of strike action in Staffordshire in more than 10 years.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "We are aware that a lot of people will be watching the match on Thursday and, while we want them to enjoy themselves, we are also keen for them to do so in a safe manner.

"If you are having a few drinks, get a taxi or walk to the pub. If you think that you might get hungry after the game, prepare something to eat in advance or pick up a takeaway on your way home.

"Never attempt to cook anything when you are under the influence of alcohol – it is an accident waiting to happen. I would also urge people to test their smoke alarms ahead of the strike to ensure that should an emergency occur, you will be alerted to it and can act quickly. Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke affects your ability to breathe and very quickly knock you unconscious.

"We will have a contingency plan in place but people need to be aware that it will not be business as usual. This is also the longest period of industrial action during this strike, lasting for 24 hours, which will put additional pressure on our resources. Last time we had strike action for this period of time in 2002/03, we had the support of the military in the form of the green goddesses – this is no longer the case. We will answer all 999 calls and will respond to all life-threatening incidents. However, we may not respond to every call, particularly if they do not relate to a genuine emergency."

A second strike will take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday, June 21.

This 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