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Fire brigades are training members of the public to cover fire fighters in case a national strike goes ahead.
Members of the fire brigade union have voted in favour of a strike in a row with the government over their pensions and now we are all being warned to take precautions if a strike happens.
Frances Read has the full report below.
Fire brigades in the region are training members of the public to cover fire fighters in case a national strike goes ahead.
Some of those who have volunteered are having intensive training this week, with hundreds having applied for the positions in Middlesbrough.
Members of the Fire Brigade Union have voted in favour of a strike in a row with the government over their pensions.
Volunteers are being trained by fire crews in the North East to provide back-up in the event of a proposed national strike by the Fire Brigade Union.
Cleveland Fire Brigade is among the services that are training volunteers in case planned strike action goes ahead.
Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members have voted to take action within the next month in a row with the Government over proposals to review the current pension scheme. If the strike happens, it would be the first time fire services have taken nationwide industrial action for more than a decade.
Cleveland is one of the services that is training auxiliary firefighters to provide cover for officers that go on strike.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: "Because here 95% of the operational workforce are in the FBU, I've got to expect they will all follow the strike call and not be available for duty.
"Consequently I went out a month ago into the community and asked for volunteers to be trained as auxiliary firefighters for defensive training."
Volunteer members of the public are being trained to cover for firefighters ahead of planned strike action.
It follows a row over Government proposals to review the current pension scheme. Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members have voted to take action within the next month, in what would be the first national strike of firefighters for more than 10 years.
Some of the new auxiliary firefighters are being trained by Cleveland Fire Brigade.