Fire strike takes place

The four-hour walkout from midday is over planned changes to their pensions and retirement age. Volunteers with as little as five days training have been brought in to deal with emergencies.

South Yorks fire chief "relieved" that strike passed off without serious incident

South Yorkshire's Chief Fire Officer says he is relieved that there were no serious incidents after the service was weakened by a 4-hour strike. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue had only 8 of the usual 21 fire engines in operation during the walk out by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

James Courtney has told ITV Calendar that he has sympathy for his staff in their fight over pensions, but that it was essential to bring in volunteers to provide cover during the strike.

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