Fire crews train volunteers

Fire services across the country are training volunteers to provide essential back-up in case planned national strike action goes ahead

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"We have to put into place our contingency plan"

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.

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