Fire minister and Norfolk MP Brandon Lewis insists it is safe for firefighters to work until the age of 60.
Crews are staging industrial action today over a dispute about pensions. They will strike from midday until 4pm.
Click below to see an interview with the minister.
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Mainly dry with variable amounts of cloud and bright spells across the east. Cloudier towards Cambridgeshire with showery rain possible.
Today marks a 100 years since a First World War Zeppelin raid on Northampton killed a woman and her twin daughters.
Nearly £10 million worth of cuts to public services in Northamptonshire are due to move a step closer today (Thursday 19 October).