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Residents are reminded to be vigilant during strike

23/02/2015

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Residents are being reminded to be vigilant on the roads and at home during a national 24-hour Fire Brigades Union.

"We would urge residents to assist us by taking precautionary steps so that they can stay safe during the strike. Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working, shut all doors when you go to bed at night and turn electrical appliances off."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

The industrial action will take place from 7am on Wednesday, February 25 to 7am on Thursday, February 26.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford, also President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: "Contingency plans will be in place during the national Fire Brigades Union strike but it will not be business as usual. As with previous periods of industrial action, we will answer all 999 calls and will attend life threatening incidents so, should you find yourself in an emergency, do not hesitate to contact us.

"We would urge residents to assist us by taking precautionary steps so that they can stay safe during the strike. Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working, shut all doors when you go to bed at night and turn electrical appliances off."

This will be the14th 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