Firefighters go on strike

Firefighters are staging a four hour walk out after union members voted for action during a bitter dispute over pensions. Concerns have been over a firefighters' ability to rescue people from a blaze after a certain age.

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Firefighters join picket lines across England and Wales

Firefighters across England and Wales have walked out amid a bitter row over pensions, with the threat of further action if the dispute is not resolved.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union left their stations and set up picket lines, leaving brigades to put into place contingency plans.

Firemen on the picket line at West Bromwich Community Fire Station. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Firefighters and Fire Service staff from Wiltshire gather in Swindon. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Firefighters from Kensington Community Fire Station stage a noon walkout. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Firefighters begin four-hour strike

Firefighters across England and Wales have begun their strike over pensions.

Firefighters protesting
Firefighters are opposing moves to keep them on frontline duties until the age of 60. Credit: PA

Members of the Fire Brigades Union plan to strike until 4pm, having issued warnings over what they would and would not respond to.

The union has threatened further action in the future if the dispute is not resolved.

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Unplug your hair straighteners, urge striking firefighters

Fire Brigades have been giving the public extra advice on fire prevention ahead of today's firefighter strike, warning people not to forget to turn off hobs and unplug hair straighteners before leaving the house:

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FBU strike today between 12pm & 4pm, so before you go to work remember to unplug your iron & hair straighteners & check that your hob is off

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Our advice during # firefighter #strike ? get a smoke alarm, keep an eye on cooking, make sure cigs are right out when you're done with them

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