Howard Watts, Director of Community Safety, said: “Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on March 23, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue is stopping non-essential contact with the public to help control the spread of the virus, and to ensure our crews are available for emergency response.
“As a precaution, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend community group meetings at fire stations and restrict Safe and Well visits to only the most high-risk vulnerable people. We are also making reasonable attempts to maintain distancing measures where possible.
“We have robust contingency plans in place to ensure our 999 emergency response will be provided as usual, but please be patient when calling our Community Advice Team regarding non-urgent issues.
“Like other emergency services, we're working to protect our employees and the wider community from the spread of COVID-19, and continue to follow guidance from National Fire Chiefs Council. However, you can help too.
“With many people now spending time at home, it’s important we all take extra care while completing daily tasks and take note of home fire safety advice. There is lots of advice on our website and on our social channels, Facebook and Twitter.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed and we thank you for your cooperation. Stay safe.”