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Derbyshire Fire and Rescue will use members of the public as reservist firefighters. The move comes after 78% of firefighters voted to strike against the government's pension scheme.
The fire service says the the reservists were chosen after 'rigorous' tests.
Firefighters have voted in favour of strike action in response to government pension scheme plans.
Firefighters have voted to strike against the government’s pension scheme. 78% voted in favour of national strike action in ballot results released today.
FBU members decided to ballot after almost two years of negotiations when the government set a 12 July deadline for their proposals to be accepted.
Results of a ballot are due to be revealed today, which will decide whether firefighters in Derbyshire will strike over their pensions.
If the Fire Brigades Union vote comes back in favour of the strike, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service say they will look to use trained members of the public to tackle emergencies instead.
The service says they are in a difficult position, and will do what they can to fulfil their obligation to provide an emergency response.
Campaigners against the move to use reserve firefighters say the move is ‘irresponsible’ and a risk to the public.