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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to recruit contingency crews

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

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Midlands firefighters campaign in Westminster against cuts

A firefighter in the shadow of Big Ben lobbying against cuts to the fire service
A firefighter in the shadow of Big Ben lobbying against cuts to the fire service Credit: ITV News
Placards against the closure of fire stations which union members say will happen if the service is cut further
Placards against the closure of fire stations which union members say will happen if the service is cut further Credit: ITV News
Members from the Fire Brigade Union braving the cold in Westminster earlier
Members from the Fire Brigade Union braving the cold in Westminster earlier Credit: ITV News
Union members from all over the country travelled down to London today
Union members from all over the country travelled down to London today Credit: ITV News
The group are lobbying MPs ahead of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's statement on the 5th of December
The group are lobbying MPs ahead of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's statement on the 5th of December Credit: ITV News

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