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Staffordshire fire chief praises residents after industrial action hits service

Just four emergency incidents were dealt with across Staffordshire during a walkout by firefighters.

Industrial action from noon to 4pm today (September 25) saw severely reduced coverage across the county.

But Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, praised residents as 999 calls dropped by more than half during the strike.

“The safety of Staffordshire’s residents and firefighters is of paramount importance to the Service and we put a robust and carefully considered contingency plan in place to deal with emergency calls throughout the national FBU strike,” he said.

“Our appliances, which were down from 42 to 19, were strategically located around the county in order to provide cover which was as coherent as possible.

“A vital part of our plan was to keep the community informed of the situation, through the media, social media, community safety activity and working closely with our partners, and to advise people of the various home and road safety precautions they could take to protect themselves.

“I would like to commend residents and motorists on taking heed of the warnings we issued and of only dialling 999 in genuine emergencies.

“However these messages don’t just apply during a strike – they are sound advice for all times and we urge residents to take these simple steps to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

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