Firefighters strike today

Firefighters across the south and south east are planning to strike for the first time in a decade.

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Firefighter strike takes place today

People are being urged to ‘take extra care’ when firefighters go out on strike later today.

A four hour walk-out is scheduled from midday as part of a national dispute between the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) and the Government over pensions.

Wiltshire Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones said: “While the industrial action is on-going, we will still respond to 999 calls but it may take us a little longer than usual to arrive as the appliances may be sent from a different location to normal.

"We would therefore urge everyone to take extra care to stay safe, which will hopefully reduce the number of calls we receive.”


Fire strike in Thames Valley

Firefighters in the Thames Valley will join a nationwide strike on Wednesday between 12.00-16.00. But unlike the strikes a decade ago, the armed services won't be obliged to help out. Andrew Pate spoke to Nigel McCullen from Hampshire Fire Brigade Union and Neil Odin from Hampshire Fire & Rescue.

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999 worry over Fire strike

Fire chiefs are warning of delays responding to 999 calls - and fewer emergency vehicles on the road - when firefighters strike in a dispute over pensions tomorrow. A four hour walk-out is planned from midday - the first time firefighters have been on strike in a decade.

In 2003, the Army stepped in to cover their roles but, as David Johns reports, it won't happen this time. He speaks to Mark Simmons of Kent FBU; Ann Millington of Kent Fire & Rescue Service; and Des Prichard from East Sussex Fire & Rescue.

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