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Firefighters in fresh strike

The fire brigade has urged people to put off any firework displays in their gardens tonight and to switch it to Saturday, or to go to an organised event as firefighters go on strike in a row over pensions.

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124 calls during fire strike

London Fire Brigade said it received 124 x 999 calls during the strike period, and contingency crews attended 17 incidents in the capital, including the large fire at a Dagenham scrap metal yard.

A recall notice was issued to crews due to the scale and seriousness of the Dagenham fire, which was ongoing as the strike started.

The FBU immediately advised firefighters that they did not agree that the protocol could be invoked and to ignore it.

Emergency cover was provided from 13 strategic locations by 27 fire engines and around 200 Emergency Fire Contingency Crew staff.

– London Fire Brigade spokesperson

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