People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to take extra care during the next round of strikes by firefighters.

Crews will walk out between 6pm and 10pm on Friday (December 13) and Saturday as part of a dispute over pensions.

Residents are being warned that while contingency measures are in place, it will not be business as usual.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “I would like to thank members of the community for their vigilance during the previous periods of industrial action and to urge them to continue to show the same level of caution during the two planned four hour strikes.

“I am mindful that the industrial action is due to take place when many people will be enjoying Christmas parties or celebrations. While I am keen for people to have fun during the festivities, I would also urge revellers to be careful when they are out and about and to avoid cooking when they return home if they have had an alcoholic drink.

“Likewise, if you are going to have a drink, stay safe and leave the car at home. Conditions on the road are more hazardous now that the nights are drawing in and there is also a possibility of rain at the weekend. Pay full attention when behind the wheel, stick to the speed limit, always wear your seatbelt and never use a mobile phone when driving. Practicing common sense could save your or someone else’s life.”

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