Staffordshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer has praise the county's residents and businesses after just one serious incident was reported during the latest national FBU strike.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rebecca Bryant said: "The service attended one incident of note during the 16 strike periods which spanned over eight days. I would like to thank the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for being extra vigilant during the industrial action and for taking heed of the safety messages that we issued on the run up to and during the industrial action.
"We have robust contingency plans in place to ensure that all incidents can be professionally dealt with, however, the care taken by residents, motorists and businesses, plays a major role in easing the pressure on the service."
The incident of note was a house fire at Seaford Street in Shelton on August 14. Firefighters from Hanley and Longton wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel jet to tackle the blaze which started in a first floor bedroom.
It is believed that the fire broke out when two lit candles on the windowsill fell onto the bed. Heavy smoke activated the alarm in the hallway. Unfortunately, the occupants who were downstairs, mistakenly believed the detector was faulty so didn’t call 999 until some minutes later.
By that time, the fire had taken hold, causing smoke damage to the walls and floor of the bedroom as well as spreading to the second floor. No one was hurt.
The industrial action took place over a period of eight days, from August 9-16, and strikes were held daily from noon-2pm and then from 10.59pm-11.59pm.