STAFFORDSHIRE'S fire chief has praised the community for heeding safety advice and their vigilance during last night's industrial action by firefighters.
He told the Newsletter Staffordshire Fire and Rescue received just two emergency calls during the Fire Brigades Union strike, down from nine - the average incidents from the same period in the last three years.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford thanked residents and motorists for being extra careful during the four-and-a-half-hour strike period when firefighter numbers were significantly reduced.
“Clearly communities of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire took responsibility for their safety this evening resulting in significantly reduced demand on our services," he said. “We are very grateful that people took our messages seriously and we hope they will do likewise during the next period of strike action on Monday morning.” Firefighters responded to two incidents including a report of a chimney fire at a domestic property in Leek involving a Rayburn and a incident in Stone where a householder called 999 for advice after a carbon monoxide alarm activated.