Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has confirmed it will recruit contingency fire crews as a result of the possibility of ongoing industrial action.
The county's Fire Authority made the decision at a meeting last week. The recruitment advert will go on the Service's website on Monday.
"The Service has been able to provide acceptable levels of fire cover utilising existing firefighters who are not taking part in the industrial action; however, this is difficult to sustain for long periods of time and the possibility of this dispute continuing means we must make alternative arrangements to support our efforts.
“This dispute over pensions is between Government and the Fire Brigades Union and we hope that negotiations can take place to bring this to an end as soon as possible."
– Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Buckley, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
The Fire Brigade Union's (FBU) Brigade Secretary for the West Midlands, Paul Cockburn, is in London with other members of the Fire Service from across the Midlands who are lobbying MPs today over their concerns regarding funding cuts.