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:
Firefighters in Cumbria are on strike today as part of a nationwide day of action.
The walkout is the first protest to span 24 hours and follows a series of shorter strikes in recent months. It's in relation to a dispute over pay and pensions.
Hundreds of people marched through Penrith to urge Cumbria County Councillors to vote against restructuring 5 Cumbrian fire stations. Under plans, Penrith, Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport and Kendal would lose 1 of 2 fire engines.
Firefighters protesting in Penrith say "lives could be put at risk" if plans to axe one of the town's fire engines goes ahead.
"Both our appliances were in Carlisle at a warehouse fire. In order to attend that, Patterdale had to come up to deal with an incident at Rheged. This morning Kendal have been out - if their second pump was not there who would cover the area?"
- Dawn Coates, Retained Fire Fighter in Penrith.
Some firefighters in Cumbria took part in further strike action this morning as part of a nationwide walkout.
The strike took place between 6.30am and 8.30am across the region.
The action stems from an ongoing dispute with the government about pensions.
Firefighters across Cumbria are taking part in a nation-wide walkout this morning.
It is the third time this year that they have taken action in England and follows a dispute over proposed changes to their pensions.
Firefighters have today announced that they will hold a fourth strike on pensions between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday 13 November in England and Wales.
The announcement follows a dispute over proposed changes to their pensions.
Firefighters in Cumbria will go on strike on Friday evening between 6.30pm and 11pm in a row about pensions.
Cumbria County Council says the service will be stretched, but they have enough on-call fire fighters to keep people safe.