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.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service received three emergency calls during the four hour firefighter strike earlier this afternoon.
The service received zero 999 calls during the first two hours of the industrial action.
Read more on today's fire strikes here.
Only half an hour to go, after 4pm normal fire cover will resume but its always a good idea to #takeextracare
2 1/2 hours in and we have recieved 3 minor calls, keep it up Staffordshire #takeextracare
A union leader in Leicester has claimed pension changes forcing firefighters to work until they are older are "fundamentally dangerous".
Graham Vaux, chairman of the Fire Brigades Union in Leicester, told ITV News Central the changes were 'unacceptable'.
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".
Thanks to the Derbyshire community for listening to safety advice. 2 hours into industrial action & we have received NO 999 calls.Keep it up
Fire crews at Stockhill station in Nottingham have been gathering signatures in support of today's strike action.
Carrying placards and banners outlining the reasons for the strike, firefighters from Highfields Fire Station in Nottinghamshire walked out this afternoon.
The move is part of nationwide strike action taken by the Fire Brigades Union over changes to 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.