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Over 120 Cumbria firefighters took part in strike

More than 120 firefighters in Cumbria took part in a 24-hour strike from 7am yesterday.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said 45 full-time and around 80 on-call firefighters walked out in the latest round of industrial action over a long-running pensions dispute between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Government.

During the strike CFRS responded to eight incidents including a car fire in Egremont and a chimney blaze in Ulverston.

Fire and rescue capability was provided by non-striking firefighters during the walkout.


Firefighters in Cumbria prepare to strike

Credit: PA

Firefighters in Cumbria are set to go on strike this week over a long-running dispute with the Government.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called the 24-hour walk-out from 7am on Wednesday in protest at Government plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters in England from 55 to 60.

The FBU opposes this move as they argue older firefighters could struggle with the physical demands of the job and pose a risk to themselves and the public.

Strike action has been taking place on and off since September 2013.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is asking residents to take extra fire safety steps to protect themselves and their loved ones when firefighters go on strike as they might not be able to provide the same level of emergency response.


The Cobra could help save lives

The Cobra in action Credit: ITV Border

A new tool in the fight against house fires and fire fighter fatalities is on trial in Cumbria.

Called the Cobra, it can bust holes through walls and doors to douse flames without firemen having to enter buildings that can be twice as hot as domestic ovens.

"It is for fire fighter safety.

"It safeguards a fire fighter prior to entering the fire compartment.

"What it can do is minimise the risk of flashover and backdraft which in the past have been some causes of fire fighter deaths."

– Paul Milburn, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters attend nine incidents during strike

A national 24 hour strike was called by the FBU Credit: PA

Firefighters responded to nine incidents during the 24 hour strike, says Cumbria County Council.

The Fire Brigades' Union called a national walkout between 9am on Thursday to 9am today (13th June). It's due to an ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Cumbria's Fire and Rescue Service's contingency plans ensured that emergency response would be available over these 24 hours.

They say 137 of Cumbria's 600 operational firefighters took part in the walkout and 31 out of 46 fire engines were available over Cumbria during the strike.

The FBU have called for another strike between 10am-5pm on Saturday 21st June.

Striking firefighters return to work

Firefighters have returned to work this morning after a 24 hour strike Credit: ITV Border

Dozens of fire fighters in Cumbria, who have been on strike since 9:00am yesterday morning, have returned to their stations today.

It's the latest industrial action taken in a three-year dispute over pensions.

The government wants to change pension contributions to cut public expenditure.

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