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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety warning as FBU announces further strikes

01/08/2014

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Peter Dartford, Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, has again called for people to take extra care following the announcement of a further Fire Brigades Union strike.

"It is disappointing to hear that the Fire Brigade Union has called more strike periods, again running over eight days. However, I would like to reassure residents that we will have robust contingency plans in place and will continue to provide an emergency response to all life-threat situations. We will also answer all 999 calls."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

The national union has called industrial action running from Saturday, August 9 to Saturday, August 16 inclusive.

There will be 16 separate strike periods running daily from noon-2pm and then from 10.59pm-11.59pm.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “It is disappointing to hear that the Fire Brigade Union has called more strike periods, again running over eight days. However, I would like to reassure residents that we will have robust contingency plans in place and will continue to provide an emergency response to all life-threat situations. We will also answer all 999 calls.

“However, people must be aware that we may not be able to respond to every incident and I would reiterate the importance of being extra vigilant during the strike periods.”

It will be the11th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.

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