With firefighters striking across the Midlands today, Staffordshire Fire Service has issued safety advice for residents during the action.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service recruiting reserve fire crew as The Fire Brigades Union is balloting its members over industrial action.
At a time when fire services are making cutbacks, Shropshire Fire & Rescue service says it needs more retained firefighters.
Firefighters across the Midlands are to take part in a fourth strike on pensions between 10am and 2pm today.
The Fire Brigades Union says there will also be a further ballot for other forms of industrial action, which closes on 4 December.
Leicestershire Fire Service's Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Steve Lunn said:
"Emergency calls from the public will continue to be answered as our fire control operators will be unaffected by the action. However, we would advise residents that our response times may be slightly longer than they would normally expect."
People have just two days left to respond to a consultation on plans to cut the number of fire engines at Arnold and West Bridgford stations in Nottinghamshire.
The county's Fire & Rescue service has to make 1.8 million pounds worth of savings and they say more cuts will follow.
Volunteers with two weeks training could be used as cover if firefighters in Derbyshire decide to strike over a dispute about pensions.
Opponents say industrial action would be irresponsible and put lives at risk. Members of the public would be paid a hundred and fifty pounds per twelve hour shift when called out. Rajiv Popat reports
The Chief Fire Officer at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for members of the public to be trained up to tackle fires, should regular crews decide to take industrial action.
it comes after the Fire Brigade Union balloted its members for potential strike action in a row over pension reforms.
Speaking earlier today, Sean Frayne said he needed to put contingency plans in place should firefighters stage a walk-out.
At a time when fire services are making cutbacks, one of the region's most rural counties says it needs more retained firefighters.
The Shropshire Fire & Rescue service has 23 stations, with all but four staffed entirely by on-call colleagues.
Retained firefighters are ready day and night to be sent to emergencies - but they also have day jobs.
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Retained firefighters work shifts for the fire service at the same time as having their day jobs.
They can get paid anything between £5000 and £11,000 per year, depending on how much cover they can work in and around their normal jobs.
They must live and work within five minutes of their base fire station, so they can be kitted up and ready to deal with an emergency call-out 30 minutes after being alerted by pager.
To find out more about becoming a retained firefighter click here.
Matt Lamb, the Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Shropshire, says it's important to get the balance of retained firefighters and full-time staff right in a county like Shropshire.
That's because there needs to be crews trained to be on-call as it's such a large, sparsley populated county.