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Staffordshire residents praised for vigilance during fire strikes

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Sarah Marshall

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STAFFORDSHIRE residents have been praised for heeding safety messages following the latest fire strike.

Fire fighters staged a walk-out on Friday and Saturday from 6-10pm and during both strike periods there were only minor incidents.

One included a rubbish fire at 8.13pm in Sidney Road on Saturday.

Chief fire officer/chief executive Peter Dartford said: "The volume of calls we received during Friday and Saturday night's strikes was significantly lower than usual. The people of Staffordshire clearly took on board the safety messages we have been promoting and took extra care in their homes, businesses and on the roads. Their vigilance significantly eased the pressure on the service at a time when firefighter numbers were reduced.

"Business as usual has now resumed, however we'd still encourage people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and that of their family and friends."

The strikes are part of a national dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over pensions.

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