Firefighters to strike again

Firefighters have voted to hold another strike next week. It comes after two walk-outs over Bonfire Weekend, with strikes held on Friday evening and Monday morning.

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Third firefighters strike ends after two hours

Firefighters walked out for the second time this bonfire weekend Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters have just finished another strike in a row over pensions and working conditions. It took place between 6am and 8am this morning.

The strike was their third in recent weeks, and was because of a dispute with the Government over pensions.


Firefighters strike over pensions row

Firefighters are to go on strike this morning Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Firefighters are going on strike between 6am and 8am this morning over a pensions row with the government.

The Fire Brigades Union say the dispute relates to pension changes which could see firefighters having to work beyond the current retirement age of 55. The union says some fire fighters are not fit enough to work beyond that age.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue: five emergency responses during strike

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with five emergencies during the strike. These included an unattended bonfire in Warsop, a fire in a recycling bin in Netherfield and controlled burning in Mansfield Woodhouse.

Thankfully only a few calls were received into Fire Control during the period of planned industrial action, and the Service was able to respond effectively to each of them with the limited resources available.

Our contingency plans will be reviewed and made ready for the next period of industrial action planned for Monday 4 November between 6am and 8am.

– Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann


Incidents attended by West Midlands Fire Service during strike

Non-striking fire fighters attended 11 incidents during the strike last night:

Rowley Regis: rubbish fire

Hockley: two fire engines to a false alarm

Sutton Coldfield: false alarm

Coventry: false alarm at the Belgrade Theatre

Wolverhampton: small fire caused by food being left unattended in the grill

Coventry: three fire engines to a severe house fire caused by a gas leak.

Balsall Heath: one fire engine to alarms in a block of flats

Ladywood: one fire engine to a false alarm

Sutton Coldfield: one fire engine to a false alarm in a residential care home

Dudley: three fire engines to alarm panel in apartment block showing smoke on the 15th floor, false alarm

Sutton Coldfield: one fire engine to fire alarms at Gracechurch Shopping Centre, false alarm

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue: strike update

The Force received two emergency calls during the strike - normally at this time of the week they would have around nine calls.

Around 10:00 a crew from Longton went to a chimney fire - they used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots.

Fire Control in Stone also received a 999 call from a householder wanting advice after a carbon monoxide alarm went off.

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