Firefighters in Wales and England have begun a fresh series of strikes, walking out for two hours from 12pm.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union are taking industrial action over the next eight days, in a long-running dispute over changes to pensions.
The Welsh Government is committed to establishing a pension scheme for firefighters which is affordable, sustainable and fair. Welsh ministers have held regular and constructive meetings with the FBU to discuss pension issues and will continue to do so until the dispute is resolved.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to remain vigilant and not become complacent as the Fire Brigades Union stage a fresh series of walk-outs over the next eight days.
The union has been holding series of strikes over the past year in protest against government changes which it maintains will lead to firefighters working longer and having their pensions cut.
We will continue to provide an operational response to those who need our help but it's really important that people do not become complacent and that they stay alert to the risks at home, at work and on the road.
We are now in peak holiday season with many families out and about, on the road, and enjoying the many event and shows that are currently going on across Wales. As a result, the roads are busier and more congested which can be very frustrating for drivers as they get caught up in heavy traffic. Just remember, it's better to get somewhere a little late than not to get there at all.
Firefighters will strike for 24 hours over a dispute in pension plans. The Fire Brigades Union has vowed to take action after the government announced it will introduce a new pension scheme without any further negotiations.
The strike scheduled to begin at 9am this morning will mark the longest walk out in three years. Fire Brigade Union members met with the Minister for Local Government, Brandon Lewis, on Tuesday although an agreement is still yet to be reached.
A second planned strike will take place on Saturday 21st June.
The Fire Minister has described a fresh wave of planned strikes by firefighters as 'unnecessary'.
The deal gives firefighters one of the most generous pension schemes in all the public sector and the proposals protect the earned rights of a higher proportion of members than any other public sector scheme.
Nearly half will see no change and even firefighters who are not protected will see no change until 2015.
Under the new scheme, a firefighter who earns £29k will still be able to retire after a full career aged 60, get a £19k-a-year pension - £26k with state pension.
An equivalent private pension would be worth over half a million pounds and require firefighters to contribute twice as much.
– Fire Minister Brandon Lewis
The minister also accused the Fire Brigades Union of 'not being serious' about finding a resolution to the dispute - which the FBU refutes.
Mr Lewis added that the UK Government has met with the FBU "on many occasions, most recently during April", and has "remained in ongoing communication to find a solution".
The Fire Brigades Union has accused the UK Government of "burying its head in the sand" in an ongoing dispute over pensions and retirement - but says it remains "totally committed" to finding a resolution.
After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes account the unique occupation of firefighting, the Government is still burying its head in the sand.
Several members of Government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.
We are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.