Video. For four hours today, firefighters across the region were not on call to respond to emergencies because of a row over their pensions. From midday, they took to the picket lines to send out a strong message to the government that they do not want to work until they are 60.
Despite the walk out, the fire service said they did have contingency plans in place if 999 calls did come in and, as Kerry Swain reports, it wasn't long before one did.
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