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
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Another largely dry and bright day with plenty of winter sunshine.
The morning will be cold and windy with bright spells, but also some isolated showers, most likely across Derbyshire.
A pedestrian in his eighties had to be airlifted to hospital after being hit by a lorry in Brownhills this morning.