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Midlands firefighters prepare for fourth strikes

Firefighters will be striking once more over pensions
Firefighters will be striking once more over pensions Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

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."

Firefighters strike over pensions row

Firefighters are to go on strike this morning Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Firefighters are going on strike between 6am and 8am this morning over a pensions row with the government.

The Fire Brigades Union say the dispute relates to pension changes which could see firefighters having to work beyond the current retirement age of 55. The union says some fire fighters are not fit enough to work beyond that age.

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Firefighters go on strike tonight

Fire fighters go on strike tonight Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Firefighters go will strike between 6.30pm and 11pm this evening over a pensions row with the government. They are also walking out on Monday morning.

The Fire Brigades Union say the dispute relates to pension changes which could see firefighters having to work beyond the current retirement age of 55. The union says some fire fighters are not fit enough to work beyond that age.

Midland firefighters take protest to Downing Street

Firefighters from across the region have been in Downing Street today protesting about cuts and the state of their pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union claim that cuts will affect equipment and the ability to tackle fires in the future. They claim that steps like increasing the retirement age mean they are taking more of a hit than other organisations.

Dave Turner from the Fire Brigades Union said that the cuts are 'dangerous'.

The fire minister has said that this kind of action is totally unnecessary and that firefighters' pensions are some of the most generous in the public sector.

Firefighters went on strike last month for four hours over changes to pensions.

Firefighters to strike again over pensions

Firefighters are to go on strike again Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a fresh strike in their row with the Government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for five hours from 6.30pm on Saturday October 19 following a stoppage last month.

Union general secretary Matt Wrack said:

"We had hoped our first strike was enough to show Government that firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.

No firefighter wants to strike, and it's desperately disappointing that governments in Westminster and Cardiff continue to deny reality over pensions costs and the need for a pension scheme that reflects the job firefighters do.

Firefighters simply cannot be expected to fight fires and rescue families in their late 50s and into their 60s.

We hope this second strike will mean both governments will be willing to discuss the full range of concerns that firefighters and the general public have expressed."

The FBU argues that changes to pensions and the retirement age will see thousands of firefighters lose their job "simply for getting older".

The union also maintains that firemen and women pay some of the highest pension contributions in the UK at almost 13% of their salary, with further rises due next year.

Midlands firefighters to strike tomorrow

Firefighters from across the Midlands will go on strike tomorrow because of a row about pensions and retirement age.

Under government plans, firefighters in England will get their full pension at 60, instead of the current 55. Unions are concerned firefighters will not be able to maintain fitness levels.

Firefighters are staging a walk-out tomorrow from midday until 16:00.

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Public asked to fight fires amid strike threat - full report

by Rajiv Popat

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

Calls for public to fight fires if crews go on strike

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.

Notts firefighters donate rescue equipment to Kenya

Rescue equipment being donated by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to Kenyans.
Rescue equipment being donated by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to Kenyans. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is donating rescue equipment to Kenyans.

The specialist equipment is being sent to a fire and rescue training centre in the country through the charity Out of Afrika, which is funding the transportation.

The equipment will be used to train firefighters, aid workers and Kenyan communities to carry out rescue operations if there are disasters.

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