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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Incidents drop dramatically during FBU strikes

04/11/2014

firefighter's with ladder
Firefighters with ladder

Incidents across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent dropped dramatically during the 96-hour Fire Brigades Union strike when compared to the same time last year.

"The industrial action also fell over the weekend before Bonfire Night which is traditionally one of our busiest times of year meaning that our resources could have been put under considerable additional pressure. I would urge people to continue to be careful and put safety first when Bonfire Night celebrations take place tomorrow and next weekend."

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer

Crews attended 96 incidents during the longest period of industrial action in the dispute so far, running between 6pm on Friday, October 31 and 6pm today.

There were 163 incidents recorded from Friday, November 1 to Tuesday, November 5 in 2013.

It was the12th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began in September 2013 over pensions.

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford thanked members of the community for their vigilance during what is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year for the Service.

Mr Dartford said: “I would like to thank people for listening to and acting upon our safety messages. I have no doubt that the vigilance shown by residents had a positive impact on the number of incidents we have dealt with during the FBU’s 96-hour strike.

“The industrial action also fell over the weekend before Bonfire Night which is traditionally one of our busiest times of year meaning that our resources could have been put under considerable additional pressure. I would urge people to continue to be careful and put safety first when Bonfire Night celebrations take place tomorrow and next weekend.”

There have been four incidents of note during the strike period. The details are as follows:

•    One crew from Codsall tackled a kitchen fire in a maisonette on Lime Tree Road, Bilbrook, at 5.28pm today. Firefighters wore two breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze, which is now out. Firefighters are still at the scene, ventilating the property.

•    One crew from Lichfield attended a bathroom fire at a property on Browning Road, Burntwood, at 8.25am on Monday, November 3. Firefighters wore two breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to put out the blaze which was caused by an electrical fault in the shower. One older female resident was given Oxygen therapy at the scene.

•    Crews from Wombourne and Codsall attended a two-vehicle road traffic collision on Dean Road, Lower Penn, at 10.36am on Sunday, November 2. Firefighters released one woman who was trapped in one of the cars. She was then taken to New Cross Hospital. Crews returned to the station at 11.47am.

•    One crew from Hanley attended a two-vehicle road traffic collision on the A523 Macclesfield Road, Rushton Spencer, at 11.24am on Saturday, November 1. Firefighters extricated one person using hydraulic cutting equipment. They returned to the station at 12.29pm.