Staffordshire's Chief Fire Officer is urging people to take extra care following the announcement that firefighters will be going on strike again next Thursday.
The Fire Brigades Union has called industrial action running from 10am until 7pm on Thursday, July 10. It will run alongside a strike being held by other public sector workers.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “I would reiterate previous calls for extra vigilance during the forthcoming strike. The FBU has announced that it will strike alongside other public sector unions on July 10 meaning that many local government services will be affected.
“As before, we will be putting contingency plans in place to provide the best possible emergency response cover for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. However, I would urge residents to be aware that our emergency response capacity will be reduced and, therefore, it will not be business as usual. Ensure your smoke alarms are in good working order and take extra care while at home and on the roads.”
Fire Control will answer all 999 calls and provide an emergency response to all life-threat incidents. However, the service will not be able to respond to every incident.
It will be the ninth round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.