FIRE FIGHTERS will stage a second walk-out on Saturday in a row over pensions prompting more warnings to people to take extra care.
The five-hour strike from 6.30 to 11.30pm will target a traditionally busy time for the fire service.
It follows the previous action on September 25, which lasted four hours and was during an afternoon.
Julian Hilditch, director of response, said: “Unlike the first period of industrial action this one will take place on a Saturday evening which is traditionally one of the busier times of the week for the fire service. 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.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care at home and install and test smoke alarms, as well as checking electrical appliances before Saturday.
Residents are also being urged to stub out their cigarettes carefully and look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours, while drivers are being asked to cut their speed, wear seatbelts and leave their mobile phones alone.
Mr Hilditch added: “Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has stringent plans in place for this second round of industrial action and we will be answering and responding to all life risk incidents. However, we will not be able to provide our usual emergency response cover during the strike so it is vital that people are more vigilant than ever when it comes to safety.”