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Fire services tweet warnings about tonight's strike

Firefighters wil strike for 2 hours tonight from 11pm - 1am in a row over pensions and retirement age Credit: PA

Firefighters across the Midlands will walk out again for two hours tonight in a row over pensions and raising the retirement age.

Tonight will be the fifth consecutive day members of the Fire Brigades' Union have gone on strike for two hours.

The FBU is campaigning against controversial changes it believes will force firemen and women to work into their late 50s or into their 60s.

But the Government insists firefighters will still have one of the best pensions in the public sector

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Firefighters stage seven hour strike over pensions row

Firefighters across the Midlands walked out for seven hours today in a row over pensions.

More than two hundred firefighters joined a rally in Birmingham City Centre to protest against government plans to increase the retirement age to sixty and for firefighters to pay more into their pension pots.

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Over 30 incidents in West Midlands during fire strike

More than 30 incidents were reported to the West Midlands fire service during todays seven hour walkout as the row with the government over pensions continues.

The fire service say none of the 31 incidents involved any serious injury.

Read: Firefighters seven hour Summer Solstice Strike ends

Although this is a national dispute, it clearly affects us here in the West Midlands. Today’s seven hours of industrial action again required us to implement our contingency plans so we could continue to deliver a service to our communities. Fortunately, none of the 31 incidents to which we deployed between 10am and 5pm involved any serious injury.”

– West Midlands Fire Service spokesman

Firefighters seven hour Summer Solstice Strike ends

Dozens of firefighters took part in a mass protest in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Members of the Fire Brigades Union have been striking for seven hours today in an ongoing dispute with the Government.

Dozens of firefighters took part in a mass protest in Birmingham over changes to pensions and increasing the retirement age.

Fire services across the Midlands were running at a reduced service, with contingency plans in place for emergencies but are now running as usual.

Government say FBU 'not serious' about finding resolution

The Government has released a statement saying the continued strike action from the Fire Brigades union shows they aren't serious about finding a resolution.

The Department for Communities and Local Government have released a statement saying the deal they're offering is fair.

The Government believes a solution can be reached, but not under the shadow of industrial action, which only serves to damage firefighters' good standing with the public. By disrupting constructive discussions and an open consultation in this way the FBU has once again shown it is not serious about finding a resolution. The deal on the table is fair and gives firefighters one of the most generous pensions in the public sector. Additionally the proposals protect the earned rights of a higher proportion of members than any other public sector scheme."

– Department for Communities & Local Government

Fire service say public don't want 60yr old firefighters

The chair of the West Midlands Fire Brigades union says the public don't want sixty year old firefighters running into burning buildings.

Steven Price-hunt has been speaking out during a rally for firefighters striking in Birmingham as the row with the Government over pensions continues.

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Striking firefighters say Government plans are 'dangerous'

Dozens of firefighters holding a mass protest in Birmingham say Government plans to keep them working until they're sixty are dangerous.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union are staging a mass walkout today for seven hours, between 10:00am and 5:00pm.

Fire service warns people to take care during strikes

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue service is warning people to take care during today's strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union in a row over pensions and raising the retirement age.

Area Manager Gavin Tomlinson says people should test their smoke alarms and be safe if they're planning barbecues in the warm weather.

Firefighters hold mass rally over changes to pensions

Members of the FBU are striking for seven hours today Credit: ITV News Central/Victoria Davies

Dozens of firefighters are holding a mass protest in Birmingham over changes to pensions and increasing the retirement age.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union are staging a mass walkout today for seven hours, between 10:00am and 5:00pm.

West Midlands firefighters are protesting in Birmingham's Victoria Square. Credit: ITV News Central/Victoria Davies

Fire services across the Midlands are running at a reduced service, but say contingency plans are in place so they can still respond to emergencies.

The FBU says members are leaving the Fire Service pension scheme because it is not affordable Credit: ITV News Central/Victoria Davies

Six tips to stay safe during the firefighters strike

West Midlands Fire Service has published a list of things you can do to keep safe during today's firefighter strike.

  • Protect your home with smoke alarms
  • Take extra care in the kitchen
  • Check your electrics
  • Smoke safely (if you must smoke at all)
  • Sleep safely
  • Plan a safe escape, and make sure any weekend guests know how to get out.
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