Just two emergency calls were made across Staffordshire during the latest strike by firefighters.

One was to a report of smoke coming from a vehicle and the other to help a person trapped in a lift.

But with firefighters due to walk out again today (May 3) and tomorrow, the county’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, thanked people for vigilance but warned they would need to take extra care again.

“We have worked very hard with the support of other local agencies to promote vital safety messages ahead of and during this strike action,” he said. “Local communities have clearly taken notice of our campaign.

“I would like to thank residents for their vigilance but remind them that there are further periods of strike action planned. Once again we will have emergency response arrangements in place but it will not be business as usual therefore we need local residents and business to continue taking extra care at home, at work and on the roads.”

Strikes take place from 2pm to 2am today and from 10am to 3pm tomorrow.

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