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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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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.

Firefighters strike over pensions

The latest fire fighters strike began this morning, 12 June, in a long running dispute over pensions, with support across Cumbria.

The FBU says dozens of its members refused to work today in a 24-hour strike, the longest yet in this campaign of action which stretches back three years.

The government wants to change fire fighters pensions contributions in a bid to cut public expenditure. The strike ends at 9:00am tomorrow.

Graeme Higgins, Branch secretary, Fire Brigades Union explains why they are on strike:

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Councillor Says She's Listening to Protest

Firefighters protesting in Penrith say "lives could be put at risk" if plans to axe one of the town's fire engines goes ahead.

The consultation hasn't finished and it's really important to look at all the alternative suggestions that have been made but these are really tough times and we didn't make the propositions lightly. I didn't walk with the march but it's important to listen to how the public feel here today.

– Cllr Patricia Bell, Lib Dem, Penrith East
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