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Staffordshire fire chief urges extra care during FBU strikes this weekend

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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THE head of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to take extra care during the three Fire Brigades Union strikes being called over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The message comes after the FBU called its seventh round of industrial action over pensions, with walk-outs taking place from tomorrow, Friday May 2.

The strikes will take place from midday to 5pm on May 2, 2pm on Saturday May 3 to 2am on Sunday May 4 and then from 10am to 3pm on May 4.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "We cannot guarantee that it will be business as usual during the strike period but we will answer all 999 calls and respond to all life-threat incidents. However, we will not have the capacity to respond to all reports.

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"I would like to thank members of the community for their vigilance in helping us to achieve a positive outcome during past industrial action and would urge everyone to continue to be extra cautious during the next planned strikes which are due to span over three days.

"During the strikes of 2013 and early 2014 we received far fewer calls than the average number of incidents reported during the same time frames over the previous three years. By working together we can once again stay safe in Staffordshire."

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