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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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