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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 return to work

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in Cumbria are returning to work this morning after a 24 hour strike.

They walked out at 7am yesterday morning as part of a long-running national dispute over pensions.

The Government says firefighters have "one of the best pensions in the public sector" but the striking workers say their conditions are being downgraded.


Firefighters in Cumbria prepare to strike

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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.

Watch: new fire fighting tool

A new tool that allows firefighters to put out flames without entering the building on fire is on trial in Cumbria.

Watch Ryan Dollard's report to find out more.

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
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