Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, has praised the vigilance of the county’s residents after no major incidents were reported during the national Fire Brigades Union strike on Thursday, July 10.
Mr Dartford said: “I would like to commend the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for their vigilance during the nine hour national Fire Brigades Union strike yesterday. We responded to 11 calls, however, there were no major incidents.
“It is evident, due to this, that people had listened to our safety messages and taken heed of the warnings. I would urge residents to take equal care during the eight-day strike period which starts on Monday at 6am. The industrial action will not be continuous but will affect rush hour when the roads are at their busiest and early evening when people will be cooking.
“I would also encourage people to look out for older or vulnerable neighbours, friends and relatives. Check their smoke alarms to see that they are working and if you hear an alarm activating for longer than what would be considered a normal length of time, call 999 immediately.”
Fire Control will answer all 999 calls and provide an emergency response to all life-threat incidents during the industrial action. However, the Service will not be able to respond to every incident.
Next week will be the 10th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.