Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer is urging people to take extra care following the announcement of a 24 hour strike by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
“We have put our contingency plans in place and we now need the people of Staffordshire to put their safety plans in place.”
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford
The industrial action will take place from 9am on Tuesday, December 9 to 9am on Wednesday, December 10.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford, also President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: “It is disappointing that further strike action has been announced. The concern is that people are so busy in the run up to Christmas that fire safety is far from their minds. We need people to put it at the forefront of their minds though because nothing is more important that the safety and wellbeing of you and your family, particularly at this time of year.
“We have put our contingency plans in place and we now need the people of Staffordshire to put their safety plans in place. Some simple steps such as testing your smoke alarms, running through your escape plan and making sure you get into a routine of turning fairy lights off at night are all quick tasks that could just save the lives of you and your family. And in the true spirit of Christmas once you’ve put your own safety plans in place make sure you help an older or vulnerable person with theirs.
“We will answer all 999 calls and we will attend life threatening incidents but it will not be business as usual for us.”
This will be the13th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began in September 2013 over pensions.
For information and safety advice visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2722.asp