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Firefighters in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire begin four days of strike action

PUBLISHED: 22:30 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 22:59 31 October 2014

Firefighters have begun four days of strike action in a dispute over changes to their pension scheme. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Firefighters have begun four days of strike action in a dispute over changes to their pension scheme. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Fire and rescue services across the region were called out a number of times tonight, with a 999 service continuing to operate as four days of strike action got underway.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), including those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge started their action at 6pm last night in a dispute over changes to the nation pension scheme.

The industrial action will continue until 6pm on Tuesday, but fire bosses put contingency plans in place and urged people to take extra care, especially if organising Halloween and Bonfire Night activities.

Fire chiefs said less resource was available, but 999 calls would get priority.

In Norfolk, firefighters had gone to seven incidents by 10.30pm. It included a fire at a home in Bacton Road in Mile Cross, Norwich. Two fire engines went to the fire just before 7pm.

There were four false alarms in Norwich, a chimney fire in Burnham Market and a fire at a building in Victory Avenue, Bradwell, just before 9pm.

In Suffolk, a crew was called to a chimney fire just 10 minutes after the strike started. The crew had put out the blaze, in Fen Lane, Creeting St Peter by 7pm.

In Cambridgeshire, chief fire officer Graham Stagg urged families to attend professionally organised fireworks displays, rather than setting them off in their gardens.

He said: “If you choose to have fireworks at home, please be extra careful because if something goes wrong, we’re likely to be delayed in attending because of our reduced cover across the county.”

• What do you think of the strike action? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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