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Fire Service praise for Staffordshire residents during FBU strike action

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

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STAFFORDSHIRE Fire & Rescue service has praised residents and businesses for their extra vigilance during last week's strike action.

The industrial action took place over a period of eight days from August 9 to 16. Strikes were held from noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59pm each day during that period.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rebecca Bryant said: "The service attended one incident of note during the 16 strike periods which spanned more than eight days.

"I would like to thank the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for being extra vigilant during the industrial action and for taking heed of the safety messages that we issued on the run-up to and during the industrial action.

"We have robust contingency plans in place to ensure that all incidents can be professionally dealt with, however, the care taken by residents, motorists and businesses plays a major role in easing the pressure on the service."

Only one incident of note happened in the Staffordshire area during the periods of the national Fire Brigades Union strike action.

It is unclear whether there will be future strikes as the union continues to lobby the government to improve pensions for its members. Any further action will be announced before strikes take place.

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