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.
Ten fire engines are in attendance at a large factory fire in Grantham. Crews from the Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service were called to the Environcom recycling plant in Spittlegate Level, earlier this evening. More to follow...
During this weekend's strike action, Nottinghamshire fire service say they've coped well despite having limited resources.
They say the service have responded to 37 incidents in the 22 hours of walkouts which began on Friday.
The planned strike action by the Fire Brigades Union is due to a dispute with the government over their pensions.
Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said:
Using limited resources, the Service has once again been able to cope with the demands placed upon it this Bank Holiday weekend. I would like to thank the people of Nottinghamshire for their help in ensuring that incidents have been kept to a minimum.
However, the current situation is not ideal, and I sincerely hope that the parties involved in this dispute can resume the necessary negotiations to bring it to an end as quickly and effectively as possible.”
Plans for redundancies and £3.7 million of cuts to Hereford and Worcester Fire Service are "dangerous and wrong", local firefighters say.
Representatives of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) say they were informed of possible compulsory redundancies at a meeting with senior managers last week.
As well as £2 million in back-office savings, the fire authority will vote today over plans to cut £1.7 million from the service’s frontline budget.
Steve Gould, FBU secretary for Hereford and Worcester, said:
These cuts are dangerous and could cost the lives of firefighters and the general public.
Firefighters in the Midlands will go on strike tonight as part of a dispute over pensions. Officers will walk out for six hours between 6.30pm and 12:30am.
There are plans in place so emergency calls will still be answered. Fire services are asking people to be careful with fireworks and sky lanterns.
During yesterday evening’s 5-hour strike, the fire service say they had 13 fire engines available to use, crewed by non-striking staff.
They say the service attended 11 incidents in total, none of which involved any serious injury.
The strikes have been called in a dispute over pensions and the next strike is planned for New Year’s Eve.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union in the Midlands are beginning five hours of industrial action.
Workers walked out at 7pm as part of strikes across England and Wales.
The action will end at midnight tonight.
As a result, fire chiefs are urging people to take extra care with Christmas celebrations.
In an emergency people are still being advised to dial 999.
Firefighters in the Midlands will go on strike for a seventh time tonight as part of a dispute over pensions.
Officers will walk out for five hours - between 7pm and midnight.
The Fire Brigades Union says workers in control centres will still be operating during this period.
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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."