STAFFORDSHIRE'S Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, today praised members of the community for their vigilance as 999 calls dropped by more than half during the industrial action.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended just four emergency incidents during the Fire Brigades Union strike which ran from midday-4pm – lower than the three year average for this time period.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford thanked residents and motorists for being extra careful during the four-hour strike period when crew numbers were significantly reduced.
He added: “The safety of Staffordshire’s residents and firefighters is of paramount importance to the Service and we put a robust and carefully considered contingency plan in place to deal with emergency calls throughout the national FBU strike.
"Our appliances, which were down from 42 to 19, were strategically located around the county in order to provide cover which was as coherent as possible.
“A vital part of our plan was to keep the community informed of the situation, through the media, social media, community safety activity and working closely with our partners, and to advise people of the various home and road safety precautions they could take to protect themselves.
"I would like to commend residents and motorists on taking heed of the warnings we issued and of only dialling 999 in genuine emergencies.
“However these messages don’t just apply during a strike – they are sound advice for all times and we urge residents to take these simple steps to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.