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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Incidents drop dramatically during 24-hour FBU strike

13/06/2014

firefighter's with ladder
Firefighters with ladder

Incidents reported across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent dropped by one third compared to the average number during the national 24-hour Fire Brigades Union strike.

"The significant reduction in the number of reported incidents, compared to the same time period over the previous two years, is testament to the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The community has clearly listened to and acted upon our safety warnings."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

A total of 30 incidents were reported between 9am yesterday (12) and 9am today.

This compares to 45 incidents during the same time period in both 2013 and 2012.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford has once again thanked residents and motorists for taking extra care during the longest period of industrial action in the dispute so far.

He added: “The significant reduction in the number of reported incidents, compared to the same time period over the previous two years, is testament to the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The community has clearly listened to and acted upon our safety warnings.

“I would like to thank everyone for taking extra care at a time when our resources were stretched during the first 24-hour strike in this dispute between the FBU and the government.

“Twenty-nine of the calls that we received were minor incidents. However, one crew from Hanley and one crew from Sandyford did attend a two-vehicle collision at the junction of Spraghouse Lane and Ford Green Road in Stoke-on-Trent. Due to the contingency plans that we had put in place, firefighters were able to safely extricate all four people from the cars using hydraulic cutting equipment and they were transported to hospital.”

The road traffic collision took place at 7.10pm yesterday and crews left the scene at 8.05pm.

A further strike is due to be held from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 21.

This round of industrial action is the eighth to be held since the dispute began between the FBU and the Government 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