Firefighters New Year strike

Firefighters around the West Country are striking again in a dispute over pay, pensions and cuts.

New Year's Eve walk-out

Firefighters across the region will be on strike this evening, New Year's Eve, as their long-running dispute with the government over pensions continues.

Crews will walk out for 6 hours from 6:30 tonight. New Year's Day is often marked with fireworks, so people are urged to be careful. Another strike will also take place on the 3rd of January.

Firefighers are striking over pension and retirement age changes. Credit: ITV News West Country

Christmas Eve firefighters walkout

Firefighters across the West Country will be on strike again tonight.

They'll be walking out for 5 hours from 7pm until midnight as part of a dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over pension and retirement age changes.

Crews will also be on strike on New Year's Eve for six hours between 6.30pm and 12.30am.

Firefighers are striking over pension and retirement age changes. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Firefighters plan Christmas strikes

Firefighters from across the region have introduced an overtime ban and are planning a series of strikes over Christmas Eve and New Year. It is part of their long-running dispute over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out for five hours from 7pm on Christmas Eve, for six hours from 6.30pm on New Year's Eve and for two hours from 6.30am on 3 January.

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Firefighters strike on Saturday night

Firefighters across the region will walk out again tonight in their ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Crews will be striking for the second time in 24 hours between 6pm and 10pm. A reduced emergency response will operate during this time.

The Fire Brigades Union says its members are unhappy at proposals to make them pay more than 14% of their wages as pension contributions.

Bob Walker, from Devon & Somerset Fire Brigades Union, says they've got to get the Government to listen:

Striking firefighters assist in M5 fatality

Striking firefighters in Bristol abandoned their industrial action last night to assist with a fatal crash on the M5.

The incident occurred at around 6.15pm on the southbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15 (Thornbury to Almondsbury).

A transit van and a Range Rover collided and one person died at the scene.

The motorway was closed for seven hours while emergency services attended the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses to call 101.

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Stand-by fire crews attend call out during fire strike

A stand-by crew in Wiltshire attended one call while firefighters were on strike last night. A crew in Swindon were called to a false alarm where a plug socket had over heated. 103 firefighters were on duty across the area last night while 148 were on strike.

“Given that there were concerns that Bonfire Night celebrations may present a greater risk tonight, I am very pleased that we had such a quiet time. My thanks go to the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon, who took extra care and kept themselves safe. I am also grateful to those on-call firefighters whose support meant we could maintain fire cover across the county.”

We are now looking ahead to the next strike, due to take place between 6am and 8am on Monday morning, when we should have similar arrangements in place to protect local people. The greatest risk will be on the roads, especially given the autumnal conditions and reduced visibility, and we would urge everyone to be extra careful when driving – it’s better to arrive a few minutes late than not to arrive at all.”

– Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones
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