Fire strike

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are taking industrial action on Friday 13 December

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Fire service urges people to take care

I would urge people to test their smoke alarms, be extra careful in the kitchen, where most fires begin, switch off appliances that don’t need to be left on, stub cigarettes out properly, plan an escape route at work and at home and make sure your family and colleagues know how to get out quickly. Linked to this, I would advise people to clear escape routes from obstructions and make sure keys for windows and doors are to hand so that you can get out of your home or workplace quickly.

– Stuart Errington, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire fighters walk out

Fire fighters have walked out for the fourth time in their dispute with the Government. The strike runs from 10 am to 2 pm.

Fire fighters in England and Wales are striking over plans to increase their retirement age from 55 to 60.

The Fire Brigade's Union says it'll ballot members for other forms of industrial action to escalate the dispute.

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North Yorkshire fire chief urges caution during strike

Andy Trowsdale, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said:

"These arrangements have proved adequate in the recent strikes. However, during these strikes the Service did not experience any large incidents or high levels of calls.

"It is important to realise that there will be a reduced level of emergency cover [during the strike period], and it is especially important for the public to take extra care to keep themselves and their family safe."

– Andy Trowsdale, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

North East firefighters strike again

Firefighters at Gateshead Community Fire Station. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

North East firefighters walked out this morning for their third strike in four weeks.

The walkout, by members of the Fire Brigades Union, started at 6am and finished at 8am.

They were on the picket lines in a dispute over pensions. The government condemned the action.

Gateshead Community Fire Station. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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