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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Call to 'Push the Button' ahead of FBU strike

07/07/2014

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Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer is urging people to ‘Push the Button’ ahead of the national Fire Brigades Union strike on Thursday, July 10.

"While it is always good practice to test your smoke detector on a weekly basis, it is particularly important to do so during periods of industrial action when we all need to be extra vigilant. If you know any older or vulnerable people, I would encourage you to test their smoke alarms as well as they may be unable to check them, putting them at increased risk."

Peter Dartford - Chief Fire Officer

Peter Dartford is also calling upon the community to look out for older or vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours by testing their smoke alarms too.

He said: "It is absolutely vital that all homes are fitted with the appropriate number of working smoke alarms which, should a fire break out, could end up saving residents’ lives.

"While it is always good practice to test your smoke detector on a weekly basis, it is particularly important to do so during periods of industrial action when we all need to be extra vigilant. If you know any older or vulnerable people, I would encourage you to test their smoke alarms as well as they may be unable to check them, putting them at increased risk.

"As with previous FBU strikes, Fire Control will answer all 999 calls and provide an emergency response to any life threat incidents. However, I must stress that although we have contingency plans in place, it will not be business as usual and the Service may not be able to respond to every incident."

The industrial action, which will take place from 10am-7pm, will be the ninth round of strikes to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.

It comes ahead of a series of strikes starting on Monday, July 14 and running through to Monday, July 21. For more information on the times of the industrial action and other related information visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2722.asp