Fire strikes across the Midlands

Normal service has resumed across the Midlands after firefighters went on strike for four hours earlier today over a row about pensions and retirement age.

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Chief Fire Officer attends school fire during strikes

The school in Markfield Credit: ITV News Central

It has emerged the head of Leicestershire Fire & Rescue service had to attend a blaze at a primary school because of firefighter strikes.

The Chief Fire Officer, Dave Webb, had to help put out the flames when the roof of the Mercenfeld Primary School in Markfield caught fire yesterday afternoon.

Crews were in the middle of a four-hour walkout in a row over changes to pensions and their retirement age. No one was injured but a classroom was badly damaged. The school will be closed until next week.

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FBU leader labels pension changes 'unworkable'

Union leaders have explained the reasons behind today's four-hour strike over a pensions dispute.

Shaun Starbuck, the Fire Brigades Union's national officer, told ITV News he believed it was it was important that firefighters had a pension which reflected the nature of their job.

He said while he recognised the service had to make adjustments to reflect the state of the economy, forcing firefighters to work beyond the age of 55 was "unworkable and unachievable".

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Fire crews across the region join strike over pensions

Dozens of firefighters have joined the picket line as part of a four-hour strike over changes to pensions.

Protests are taking place across the region as part of nationwide action by the Fire Brigades Union.

Dozens of firefighters gathered outside Leicester Fire Station
Dozens of firefighters gathered outside Leicester Fire Station Credit: ITV News Central
Firefighters in Stafford join the protest
Firefighters in Stafford join the protest Credit: ITV News Central
The Shrewsbury picket line
The Shrewsbury picket line Credit: ITV News Central
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