The firefighters strikes are set to continue tonight (Saturday 14 December).
Members of the Fire Brigades Union began their industrial action yesterday between 6pm and 10 pm.
They will do the same this evening.
They're protesting against plans to raise their retirement age.
Firefighters across the region have walked out on their stations to begin a four-hour strike.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are unhappy about their pension deals. It means stations from North Yorkshire to Northumberland will have a reduced service.
Chris Lowther, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service, is urging the public to take extra precautions to prevent fires during strike action.
– Stuart Errington, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.
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.
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.
Andy Trowsdale, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said:
– Andy Trowsdale, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
"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."
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced another day of strike action as the row with the Government over proposed changes to pension schemes continues.
Industrial action will now take place between 10am and 2pm on November 13.
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.
This morning's fire strike has come to an end. Firefighters went on strike between 6am and 8am in a dispute over pensions.