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Essex firefighters pilot house fire home visits

Essex firefighters' campaign will target homes most at risk of house fires Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters in Essex say they're going to target areas of the county most likely to suffer from a house fire.

Under a new scheme they'll use information from previous incidents to create profiles of the area most likely to be at risk of a fire.

They'll then target those areas with safety advice and home visits

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Firefighters set to stage another strike

The General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union has announced that firefighters are set to stage another strike on Wednesday 13 November, as their dispute with the government over pensions rumbles on.

Matt Wrack tweeted:

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FBU strike: strike action called for Wednesday 13 November between 10am and 2pm. Also notice of second ballot for other forms of action.

Region braced for fresh fire strike

by Sarah Beecroft

Firefighters are warning people over firework and bonfire displays as they prepare to go on strike.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out this evening, in a row over changes to their pensions.

Brigades in this region say back-up plans are in place to deal with life-threatening emergencies, but warn people shouldn't expect a full service.

The strike comes in the run up to Guy Fawkes Night - one of the busiest times of the year for the service.

Click below to watch a report from Sarah Beecroft

Firefighters urge organiser caution over firework displays

People are being warned over firework and bonfire displays this evening, as firefighters prepare to go on strike in a row over pensions.

Brigades in this region say back-up plans are in place to deal with life-threatening emergencies, but warn people shouldn't expect a full service.

Maurice Moore, from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, has urged organisers to consider delaying their bonfire displays.

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Union prepares for fire strike

The industrial action is due to begin at 6pm
The industrial action is due to begin at 6pm Credit: ITV Anglia

Fire and rescue services around the region say plans are in place to deal with a planned strike this evening by members of the Fire Brigades' Union.

The action is part of a national dispute over pension reform
The action is part of a national dispute over pension reform Credit: ITV Anglia

Senior officers say major incidents will be dealt with but they're warning that they will not be able to provide normal levels of cover.

The strike is due to start at 6.30 and last until 11.

Firefighters announce new strike date

Firefighters in England and Wales will strike again on Saturday October 19, the Fire Brigades Union have announced.

It's over a row with the Government over pensions.

Firefighters throughout our region previously staged a four-hour strike in September.

Firefighter funeral

Alan Soards
Alan Soards

Firefighters from across the country will attend the funeral today of a colleague from Suffolk who died during a training exercise in Hertfordshire.

Alan Soards, who was 38, was based at Lowestoft Fire Station. He was taken ill during an exercise at the Lee Valley white water centre.

Fellow fire fighters will act as pallbearers and his coffin will be carried on the back of a turntable ladder to a church in Gorleston-on-Sea.

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