STAFFORDSHIRE’S Chief Fire Officer has praised residents and businesses for staying safe during the latest fire strike. There were two incidents of note in Biddulph and Cannock reported during the latest action by the national Fire Brigades Union on Saturday. Crews went to 11 call-outs over the seven hour period from 10am to 5pm. Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “I would like to thank the people of Staffordshire for taking extra care during this latest period of industrial action. Prior to the strike we warned about the dangers of grass fires which tend to increase during weekends however we were particularly pleased that despite the warm weather we had very few. “The contingency plans we had in place ensured that we professionally dealt with all of the incidents that we attended.” This round of industrial action is the eighth to be held since the dispute began between the FBU and the Government over pensions.