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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

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RESIDENTS across the Moorlands are once again being urged to be extra careful ahead of further Fire Brigades Union strikes which are planned for two of the busiest social nights of the year.

Vigilance is called for as the strikes take place on New Year's Eve.

The FBU called industrial action from 7pm-midnight on Christmas Eve and 6.30pm on New Year's Eve to 12.30am on New Year's Day.

There will be an additional strike from 6.30am-8.30am on Friday, January 3.

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There have already been six periods of industrial action as well as one that was cancelled.

The FBU voted to strike in a dispute with the Government over pensions.

Chief fire officer Peter Dartford said: "It will not be business as usual during any of the three strikes and there will be limited resources available on what are traditionally two of the busiest nights of the year in our town centres. I would encourage party-goers to look after themselves and each other when they are out socialising.

"Likewise, those who are planning to stay at home and enjoy a few alcoholic drinks with family and friends need to be aware of the risks of having one too many and then cooking. More than half of fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents – don't put yourself in danger.

"A lot of people light festive candles at this time of year but if they are put too close to festive decorations or are left unattended they can easily cause a house fire."

Contingency plans are again being put in place across the county ahead of the industrial action and emergency response crews will be available at strategic locations across Staffordshire.

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