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Firefighters walk out again

Firefighters across the region are staging more strikes later today in their dispute with the government over pensions. Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for four hours from 6pm today, and again tomorrow.

It's the fourth time they've been on strike since September. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is urging businesses and residents to be prepared and to think about fire safety during the strike period.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is going on strike for the the fourth time since September.

Firefighters strike again

Firefighters across the region will go on strike today between 10am and 2pm.

It's the latest round of industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union, which is unhappy over changes to their pensions.

It claims that many firefighters will have to retire at 55 because of the physical strain of the job - but could then face losing almost half of their pension allowance.

Barnstaple Fire Station Credit: ITV News West Country


Firefighters' strike at midday today

Firefighters across the region will walk out for four hours today Credit: ITV News West Country

Fire chiefs across the region say response times will be slower because of the national strike by firefighters today.

A four hour walk-out is due to start at midday over changes to working conditions. County fire chiefs say they'll still be able to respond to emergencies under contingency plans.

Major gas leak at Axminster

Firefighters were called to an Axminster housing estate today [Thursday] after reports that workmen had accidentally drilled through a gas main.

Appliances from Axminster and Colyton, along with a gas detector monitor from Middlemoor, were sent to the incident at Kirby Close at around 10am.

Firefighters tackle wildfires in training exercise

Firefighters are hoping to minimise the damage wildfires cause to areas of outstanding beauty. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Firefighters from across the South West have been preparing to tackle wildfires as part of a training exercise. Firefighters practised using a pump and long hose to bring water several miles over land from a quarry.