Fire Chief calls for public not to take risks during firefighters strike tonight

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Revellers show support for firemen
Revellers show support for firemen

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

Crews will walk out again between 6pm and 10pm on Saturday (December 14) as part of a dispute over pensions.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said:
“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 – why not have a meal out at one of the bars and restaurants in the city where many firefighters have second jobs and businesses.
“Likewise, if you are going to have a drink, stay safe, leave the car at home and take a taxi. There will be plenty available as many firefighters are also full time cabbies.
“If you’re having a night in, don’t leave lit candles unattended. Better still don’t light the candles and just enjoy your fairy lights but if they’re not working then please call a qualified electrician. However one may be hard to find on Saturday night as most FBU members don’t have any qualifications.”
Officer Dartford thanked local residents for their support and reminded everyone: “If you need your car or windows cleaned you know where to come.”

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