Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has confirmed it will recruit contingency fire crews as a result of the possibility of ongoing industrial action.
The county's Fire Authority made the decision at a meeting last week. The recruitment advert will go on the Service's website on Monday.
"The Service has been able to provide acceptable levels of fire cover utilising existing firefighters who are not taking part in the industrial action; however, this is difficult to sustain for long periods of time and the possibility of this dispute continuing means we must make alternative arrangements to support our efforts.
“This dispute over pensions is between Government and the Fire Brigades Union and we hope that negotiations can take place to bring this to an end as soon as possible."
– Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Buckley, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
Fire investigations officers have started searching for evidence pointing to what may have sparked a large blaze at a Nottinghamshire firm.
Around 60 firefighters battled the blaze, which started yesterday afternoon at the Nottingham Sleeper Company.
Group manager Keith Jones, from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, told ITV Central that things could have been much worse if the sleepers had been stored differently, as piles of concrete blocks had acted as a fire break.