Firefighters walked out in their first national strike for 11 years today. Their message, 'Don't make us work on the front line until we are 60, because it will cost lives.'
But the government assured the strikers that their pay and pension deal were generous, and by making staff work on so-called front line duties, there would be no danger to the public.
The strike action lasted 4 hours. Fire chiefs said they would respond to 999 calls regardless but in the event there was little demand for callouts. Sarah Saunder reports.
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