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Residents warned to take care as firefighters get set to strike tonight and New Year's Day

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

By Robin Scott

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PEOPLE in Staffordshire are being urged to take extra care on the roads and in their homes during industrial action by firefighters tonight and on New Year's Eve.

The industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union is due to take place this evening between 7pm and midnight, on New Year’s Eve between 6:30pm and 12:30am and then again on Friday, January 3 from 6.30am and 8:30am.

Staffordshire County Council’s leader, Philip Atkins, said it was important for everyone to take extra care during latest round of industrial action.

“We are asking people once again to take care during the proposed periods of industrial action by firefighters," said Councillor Atkins.

“The action occurs when people will be enjoying Christmas and New year festivities and then again when many people will be back at work.

“As a county council, we have emergency plans in place and the most important thing is that we all keep safe over the festive period.

“Although there have now been a number of strikes, it is important we continue to remain vigilant during each and every one.”

During each of the proposed spells of industrial action. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue will have a reduced number of fire engines available, but will still deal with emergencies.

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