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Staffordshire 999 calls drop by a third during fire strike

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 13, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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EMERGENCY calls to Staffordshire firefighters dropped by one third during the national 24-hour Fire Brigades Union strike, which ended at 9am today, June 13.

A total of 30 incidents were reported between 9am yesterday and 9am today.

This compares to 45 incidents during the same time period in both 2013 and 2012.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford h thanked residents and motorists for taking extra care during the longest period of industrial action in the dispute so far.

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He added: “The significant reduction in the number of reported incidents, compared to the same time period over the previous two years, is testament to the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The community has clearly listened to and acted upon our safety warnings.

“I would like to thank everyone for taking extra care at a time when our resources were stretched during the first 24-hour strike in this dispute between the FBU and the government.

A further strike is due to be held from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 21.

This round of industrial action is the eighth to be held since the dispute began between the FBU and the Government over pensions.

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