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Fire Brigades Union call for 'workable pension scheme'

The Fire Brigades Union has accused the Government of not listening to its own evidence which shows proposed pension changes are "unworkable and unaffordable".

The Government said the strikes, due to take place from 6.30pm to 11pm today, were damaging the reputation of the fire service.

Fire brigades across the country have urged people to put off any firework displays in their gardens tonight Credit: PA Wire

The general secretary of the FBU, Matt Wrack, said: "It is ludicrous that after two years of negotiations the Government has still not sorted out this mess.

"Firefighters are keen for these issues to be resolved through discussion but the Government won't even listen to its own evidence which highlight that the schemes are unworkable and unaffordable."

Mr Wrack called on the Government to help deliver a pension scheme which takes account of the "hazardous nature of the job" and is affordable and workable for the taxpayer.


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Fire Minister: Strike damages reputation of fire service

Strike action by the Fire Brigades Union is damaging the good reputation firefighters have with the public, the Fire Minister said.

Members of the FBU are due to walk out from 6.30pm to 11pm today and again for two hours from 6am next Monday in a row with the Government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out from 6.30pm to 11pm, and again for two hours from 6am next Monday. Credit: PA Wire

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said: "This strike action by the FBU is completely unnecessary and does nothing but damage the good reputation firefighters have with the public.

"The public will be baffled by the FBU's course of action when they hear that the deal being offered to firefighters gives them one of the most generous pension schemes in all the public sector."

Mr Lewis called on firefighters to reconsider their decision to strike and work towards a resolution.


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.

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