STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is reassuring residents that robust contingency plans are in place ahead of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.
The Service has been preparing for the strike, which will run from midday-4pm today, Wednesday, September 25, for over a month.
Emergency calls will be monitored and managed by a senior officer who will be based in fire control during the industrial action.
However, it will not be business as usual and people are being asked to only dial 999 if they are reporting a genuine emergency.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “Residents can be reassured that the Service has worked hard to put together a stringent action plan ahead of the national Fire Brigades Union strike. However, it will not be business as usual and I would advise residents to be extra vigilant during the four hour period.
“While we would always tell people to dial 999 if there is a real emergency, we would ask them to think carefully and to only do so if necessary as there will be fewer crews available across the county to respond to incidents.
“Residents are being asked to ensure smoke alarms are in good working order, to take care when cooking and check electrical appliances and plugs. It is also important to dispose of all smoking materials carefully, plan an escape route and introduce a simple safety routine at bedtime. Motorists should also take extra care when driving, fasten your seatbelt, don’t use a mobile phone and don’t drive when overtired. These simple steps could save lives.”
For safety advice and information visit the Service’s website: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk
For information on the industrial action visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2730.asp