The national Fire Brigade Union’ strike which was planned for tomorrow (October 19) has been cancelled.
The industrial action was set to take place from 6.30pm-11.30pm and would have seen Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service implement contingency plans.
The FBU called the strike off at 1.20pm today. The union balloted for industrial action following a dispute over pensions.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “We are pleased that the FBU has called off the strike tomorrow as any industrial action puts a strain on our ability to respond to emergency calls.
“It will be business as usual in Staffordshire with crews at their normal capacity. However, our safety messages still stand. I would still urge people to test their smoke alarms every week, to check electrical items, to always extinguish smoking materials and not to leave the room while you are cooking food.
“The nights are also drawing in now which makes driving more of a risk. Motorists should always wear a seatbelt, never talk on a mobile phone while on the move and never drink and drive.” A four-hour strike previously took place on Wednesday, September 25.
For further information on the industrial action and safety advice, log onto http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/ 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.