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Firefighters are going on strike today from 2pm for 12 hours.
The Fire Brigade's Union says firefighters face the prospect of being sacked "merely for getting older", along with having to pay increased pension contributions.
The government says the action will "damage firefighters' standing with the public."
Firefighters in Nottingham say they will be holding a rally in Market Square from 2pm today to explain to the public why they are "forced" to strike.
Hundreds of firefighters across the East and West Midlands are due to strike from midday in a dispute over pensions.
London Fire Brigade has issued advice to households to protect themselves during the Bank Holiday firefighters' strike.
- Check your smoke alarm to make sure it works.
- Take extra care when you are cooking or smoking.
- Plan your escape route
- Only dial 999 in a genuine emergency, for example a fire not a pet rescue.
- Share fire safety tips – talk to friends and family (visit the Brigade's website for advice).
The decision to take industrial action will "damage firefighters' standing with the public", a Government spokesman has said.
The Department for Communities and Local Government, which is responsible for the fire service, said in a statement:
"The Government is clear that further change can be made through constructive engagement, but not under the shadow of industrial action, which only serves to damage firefighters' standing with the public,"
Hundreds of firefighters across the East and West Midlands are due to strike today in a dispute over pensions.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for five hours from midday.
Ministers say strike action is unnecessary and will damage firefighters standing with the public.