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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Incidents drop dramatically during FBU strike

10/12/2014

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Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has praised local residents and businesses after the number of incidents dropped by more than half during the Fire Brigades Union strike compared to the same time last year.

"I would like to thank members of the community for listening to our advice and taking extra precautions to keep themselves and their family safe during the 24-hour strike. It is testament to their vigilance that the number of incidents reduced dramatically from 28 over the same period in 2013 to 13 during the strike." 

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Across the county a total of 13 incidents were attended by crews between 9am yesterday and 9am today. This compares to 28 during the same period in 2013.

The national dispute between the FBU and the Government is over pensions.

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "I would like to thank members of the community for listening to our advice and taking extra precautions to keep themselves and their family safe during the 24-hour strike. It is testament to their vigilance that the number of incidents reduced dramatically from 28 over the same period in 2013 to 13 during the strike.

"I would urge people to continue being vigilant while on the roads as we are expecting strong winds and a downpour of rain throughout the week which will make driving conditions more challenging than usual.

"Also, think carefully about potential hazards in the home, for example heaters and electric blankets which will be in use more now that the colder weather has taken hold. Always be careful when using candles, make sure they are completely out before you leave the room and don’t put them near to curtains or Christmas decorations."

There were two incidents of note during the strike period:

•    Crews from Wombourne, Kinver and Cannock attended an incident at Gravel Hill Surgery, Gravel Hill, Wombourne at 8am today. They wore four breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet when tackling the blaze in the first floor kitchen. Firefighters also used a Thermal Imaging Camera to identify any hotspots. The fire is now out and the last crew left the scene at 9.58am. The fire was caused by an electrical fault in a light fitting and has been classed as accidental ignition.

•    Crews from Lichfield and Rugeley attended a house fire on James Green Way, Lichfield at 12.58am today. The fire in the living room is thought to have been caused by a tea-light that had been knocked over. The candles had been placed in suitable holders and the occupant had shut the doors when going to bed which meant the fire was contained to one room. The occupants were alerted to the fire when the smoke alarms activated. Crews used two breathing apparatus and a large specialist fan when dealing with the incident as the living room was heavily smoke logged. Two people suffered smoke inhalation and were given Oxygen Therapy by West Midlands Ambulance Service. Firefighters left the scene at 2.35am.

This was the13th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began in September 2013 over pensions.