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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.

Union prepares for fire strike

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 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

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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