FIREFIGHTERS from Stafford and Stone will strike twice in the next week in an ongoing row over pensions.
Residents are being urged to take extra care during bonfire activities, at home and on the road during the two national strikes by the Fire Brigades Union on Friday between 6.30pm and 11pm and again on Monday between 6am and 8am.
Director of response, Julian Hilditch, said the service would be answering and responding to any incidents where lives were at risk but would not be providing its usual emergency response during the strike.
“One of the strikes takes place this Friday evening, a time when a number of organisations and individuals are planning to hold their annual bonfire night celebrations,” he said. “We are urging everyone who is holding, or going along to, a bonfire event on Friday night to be vigilant about their safety and everyone else’s.”
He said the second strike would fall during Monday morning’s rush hour and urged motorists to take extra care if they had to travel in those hours.
“There is no need to be alarmed but I would urge everyone to bear in mind that it will not be business as usual and to act accordingly,” he added.
Residents are advised to make preparations to maintain their own safety, including installing and testing smoke alarms, taking extra care around bonfires and fireworks, being vigilant when cooking, checking electrical appliances and disposing of cigarettes and matches carefully, as well as looking out for vulnerable and elderly relatives and neighbours.
Motorists are being encouraged to reduce speed, not use mobile phones while driving, always wear a seatbelt, never drive drunk and consider the dangers of being over the limit the morning after a night out, to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians and to avoid driving when tired.
The strike follows previous industrial action on September 25 and the cancellation of a planned strike on October 19.