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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.