Firefighters on strike again

The second strike by firefighters in four days is taking place across the south. The walkout, which began at six this morning, is part of a long running dispute with the government over pensions.

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Strike ends across South

Firefighters from Hampshire and Berkshire have finished their two-hour morning strikes at 8am this morning.

Royal Berkshire Fire Service received four calls during the Fire Brigades Union between 6am and 8am and none of these required the attendance of a fire engine.

Andy Mancey, Berkshire Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: “Once again, we would like to thank members of the public in helping us by not calling us unnecessarily. There were nine appliances available this morning in the event that any incidents occurred.”

Hampshire Assistant Chief Officer Bob Ratcliffe said: "We dealt with relatively few incidents during the strike periods and we would like to thank all members of our communities for taking extra care during the recent industrial action."

No incidents during Wiltshire morning strike

During the strike by the Fire Brigades' Union between 6am and 8am this morning, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service attended no incidents.

The service had 12 appliances available and a further three 'on call', however on an average day the Service would expect to have around 24 appliances available.

My thanks go to those staff who made themselves available to maintain an emergency response across the county – fortunately, we had just one false alarm during the first strike and no incidents this morning. While we were quiet, it was imperative that our communities could be sure that 999 calls were responded to quickly, and I am very proud that we were able to keep such a good level of fire cover throughout both periods of action."

– Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones

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Second firefighters' strike in four days

Firefighters across England and Wales walked out on strike today in a bitter row over pensions Credit: Press Association Images

The second strike by firefighters in four days is now underway across the south. The walkout, which began at 6 this morning, is part of a long running dispute with the government over pensions and plans to raise their retirement age from 55 to 60. Fire services say contingency plans are in place.

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