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Video: Firefighters on strike

Hundreds of the region's firefighters staged a four hour walk out this afternoon in a bitter row with the Government over plans to increase their retirement age and make them pay more for their pensions.

Volunteers, senior officers and non-union members answered almost forty calls-outs across the Calendar region,as full-time crews manned the picket lines.

Firefighters prepare for 9/11 memorial run

Station Manager Andy Blades, Station Manager Mark Naylor, Firefighter Terence Gregg and Watch Manager Justin Rowe Credit: North Yorkshire fire service

A team of North Yorkshire firefighters are preparing to set off on an world record endurance run. The fire house run, from the 21st September, will see the team jog for between 25 to 35 miles a day, for seven days.

The aim of the event is to run to all the fire houses in the five boroughs of New York City to honour the 343 firefighters, police officers and first responders who lost their lives during 9/11.

They will start their run at the Stephen Siller Foundation's headquarters on Staten Island and will run to the training centre, the maritime fire boats and all the fire houses in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Harlem.

Fire safety scheme: how it works

West Yorkshire Fire Service are launching a campaign today to encourage landlords to make their properties safer.

This is how the "Blue Watch" scheme works.

Landlords will be given a self-declaration checklist which recommends how safety products can be installed, maintained and tested. They can then book a visit by a Fire and Rescue Service representative to be "Blue Watch" validated.

Self-declarations cost £25 and the validation costs £65 - both last for 12 months.


Fire campaign: many rented homes don't have carbon monoxide detectors

Coinciding with a West Yorkshire campaign to encourage landlords to fire-proof their homes, research shows two in five renters have not received a gas safety certificate.

Up to 99,000 rented households across Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire have had a fire or gas leak in their home.

Only one in four tenants say their landlord has a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in their property and one in ten say they don't have a smoke detector.

Last year a landlord from Wakefield was prosecuted after ignoring repeated warnings to have gas appliances in his rented property checked. The landlord was fined a total of £450 and ordered to pay £1,000 towards costs.

West Yorkshire Fire Service encourages landlords to join safety register

West Yorkshire Fire Service are launching a "Blue Watch" campaign today to make renting safer - after research revealed up to 99,000 renters in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire have had a gas leak or fire.

The scheme will encourage landlords to join a register - which allows them to have the homes they rent validated by the fire service.

'More needs to be done' to prevent spread of bovine TB

A cattle farmer from Lincolnshire says he's pleased the Government is finally taking action against the spread of bovine TB to areas like Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire that are currently largely unaffected - but more needs to be done.

Jonathan Brant says he doesn't agree with culling all badgers who're often linked with the spread of the disease, but says those found to be infected with it should be culled.

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