Firefighters are due to go on strike again this morning in a row over pensions. Following on from Friday night's industrial action, members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out between 6 and 8 o'clock this morning. It's the second strike in four days.
Firefighters in north Somerset abandoned their strike action early last night to respond to a call out. Fire crews across the west country were staging a walk out in a row over pensions.
But 9 firefighters in Weston-super-Mare decided to help contingency staff respond to fears of people were trapped in a fire. Another strike is planned for Monday morning.
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.”
– Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones
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.”
Firemen and women around the region are on strike this evening. It's the third walk out by Fire Brigade Union members over changes to their pensions.
It comes as many of us are planning bonfire celebrations and firework displays on one of the busiest times of the year for firefighters.
Laura Makin-Isherwood reports.
Firefighters across the region are to take part in strike action today in a dispute over pensions and changes to their retirement age.
Gary Spindler from Avon Fire and Rescue says the timing - when many bonfire celebrations will be taking place - is unfortunate but the Fire Brigades Union has been forced to take industrial action.
Firefighters are due to go on strike today in a row over pensions.
Following on from September's industrial action, members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out between 6.30 and 11 o'clock tonight and again on Monday morning. Local firework displays tonight are still going ahead, including the large charity event in Downend.
A strike by fire crews across the West Country has been cancelled after progress was made in a dispute over pensions.
Fire Brigade Union officials say firefighters would now not face having to quit their job early on a reduced payment.
The strike was due to take place tomorrow evening.
People in the West Country are being asked to take extra care, on the eve of another strike by firefighters.
The strike will last five hours, between 6.30pm and 11.30 pm tomorrow, Saturday 19th October.
It's the second time industrial action has taken place - crews took part in a four hour strike last month in a row over pensions, pay and cuts to the service.
Firefighters in the West Country are set to strike after they were unable to resolve a dispute over pensions.
It will be the second time industrial action has taken place in a matter of months after crews took part in a four hour strike in September.
The Fire Brigades Union is calling for the action because of proposed changes to the retirement age.
Fire fighters are taking part in a walk-out out. Gary Spindler, from Avon Fire Brigades Union, says the dispute is over pensions.