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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Call for continued caution as strike nears the end

03/11/2014

Check your smoke alarm

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer is calling for continued caution as we approach the final 24 hours of the Fire Brigades Union strike.

"We are now heading towards the final part of this period of industrial action and I would urge people to continue to be extra careful. Conditions on the road are more hazardous now that the nights are drawing in and there is also a possibility of rain before the strike ends. Pay full attention when behind the wheel, stick to the speed limit, always wear your seatbelt and never use a mobile phone when driving. Practicing common sense could save your or someone else’s life." 

Peter Dartford - Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer and President of the Chief Fire Officers Association

Peter Dartford, who is also President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, has thanked members of the community for being vigilant since the industrial action started at 6pm on Friday, October 31.

The strike will run until 6pm tomorrow and, at 96 hours, is the longest continuous strike period in the dispute so far.

Mr Dartford said: "I would like to thank residents for listening to our safety advice particularly on the Friday and Saturday evenings which are historically very busy for us as many people hold Bonfire Night celebrations during the weekend before November 5.

"We are now heading towards the final part of this period of industrial action and I would urge people to continue to be extra careful. Conditions on the road are more hazardous now that the nights are drawing in and there is also a possibility of rain before the strike ends. Pay full attention when behind the wheel, stick to the speed limit, always wear your seatbelt and never use a mobile phone when driving. Practicing common sense could save your or someone else’s life."

This is the 12th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began in September 2013 over pensions.