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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Dramatic drop in incidents during FBU strike

26/02/2015

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Firefighters in Staffordshire attended nine incidents during the 24-hour Fire Brigades Union strike – almost 50 per cent less than over the same time last year.

"I would like to thank residents and motorists for their vigilance when the strike was taking place and we were operating on reduced resources. It is a challenging time for the fire and rescue service so the extra care taken by the community certainly eases the pressure on the crews." 

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

There were no incidents of note during the national period of industrial action which started at 7am yesterday and finished at 7am today. The figures compare to 16 in 2014, 38 in 2013 and 39 in 2012.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “Once again we have seen a marked decrease in the number of incidents we have been called out to during the period of national industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.

"I would like to thank residents and motorists for their vigilance when the strike was taking place and we were operating on reduced resources. It is a challenging time for the fire and rescue service so the extra care taken by the community certainly eases the pressure on the crews."

This was the 14th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began in September 2013 over pensions.