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Fire chief ‘thanks’ to public after strike

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 23, 2014

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THE chief fire officer in Staffordshire praised people across the area after the end of the latest fire strike at the weekend.

In total crews from across the county attended 11 incidents during the seven hour period from 10am – 5pm on Saturday - only two of which were labelled as ‘of note or serious’.

Chief fire officer Peter Dartford said: “I would like to thank the people of Staffordshire for taking extra care during this latest period of industrial action.

“Prior to the strike we warned about the dangers of grass fires which tend to increase during weekends however we were particularly pleased that despite the warm weather we had very few.

“The contingency plans we had in place ensured that we professionally dealt with all of the incidents that we attended.”

This round of industrial action is the eighth to be held since the dispute began between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Government over pensions.

It is hope this latest round of strike action will lead to further talks between the government and the FBU.

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