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Firefighters claim cuts 'could cost lives'

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.

NYE firefighters strike in Midlands

Firefighters across the region will strike tonight Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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West Midlands Fire Service still planning New Year strike

Fire strikes are still planned for New Year Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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.

Midlands firefighters walk out as part of national industrial action

Firefighters are also walking on New Year's Eve and January 3 Credit: PA

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.

For more on the dispute, click here.

Firefighters in the Midlands to strike again tonight

Firefighters will be striking for five hours today over pensions Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

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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Midlands firefighters prepare for fourth strikes

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.

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.

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