Firefighters strike today

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

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.”

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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.

999 worry over Fire strike

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

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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