Firefighters on strike today

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Fire chiefs are asking members of the public to be extra vigilant over the next 24 hours during a walk out by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

FBU members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will also walk out from 10am-5pm on Saturday 21st June.

The 24-hour stoppage, which started today at 9am, is the longest to be held in the union’s three-year campaign, which has already seen 12 separate strikes.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has contingency plans in place to provide an emergency response to 999 calls, but says resources will be limited and response times will be slower than usual.

Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said: “The service will respond to incidents with trained firefighters using recognised fire and rescue equipment but, with the level of operational cover significantly lower than usual, it may take longer for crews to get there.

“I would therefore urge people to take extra care, either while at home, at work, or when out and about visiting family and friends. Naturally we would prefer to prevent incidents from occurring whenever possible but, if they do, we will respond.”

Chad reader Laura Hardwick backed the firefighters on Facebook: “They deserve their pension at 50! The things their bodies are put through with constant exposure to heat, smoke and physical exhaustion. If they need to strike I back them 100 per cent.”

The FBU said firefighters already contribute around 11 per cent of their salaries towards pensions, and in April this increased for the third year running.

It said more and more members were considering leaving the pension scheme.

The department for communities and local government said: “The government has made clear that a way forward can be reached, but not under the shadow of industrial action, which only serves to damage firefighters’ standing with the public.”