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

22:30 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.”

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25 comments

  • Yes....its " blister " again .

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • ingo wagenknecht gets the award for the silliest post. Trolls indeed. I've been on this forum for years. Now, ingo? Just turned up, probably after coming off Union business. Stick to facts about pensions being massively funded by others, including many, many low paid workers in the private sector

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    weaversway

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • i know window cleaners who still use ladders and they are certainly over 55

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    grom999

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Actually Larson, Elvis Presley cleans the windows down our road every other week, and he only charges a couple of dollars, which is very good value. Got to go, as the man from rediffusion has arrived to put a new valve in the tv set.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • I have not seen a window cleaner use a ladder for years. They use long extendable poles with a brush attached at the end through which they pump distilled water. And in case you missed it , Elvis Presley is apparently dead and you can now watch television in colour.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • This fitness thing is a bit of a red herring. A lot of window cleaners are over 60 and go up and down a ladder more times in a day than a fireman does in a week. Sorry Larson for being a troll, I can't resist.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • I expected a troll fest here on this issue. This is about Tory's wanting to break a union of firefighters, and they choose pensions as the vehicle to do it. Brandon Lewis has got his orders to not budge and our firefighters, always the first when they are needed, do not deserve to be denigrated by moralists and party politicians who waste money by the bucketload.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Couldn't have articulated this better Larson....well said.

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Weaversway and Ryan Bure are of course the same person....aka blister , bob tob . michaelfane etc etc.. The question is....why do trolls dislike fireman so much ? . I would suggest it is the discrepancy in their contributions to society that gets under the skin of the trolls on here. We have one group who perform a socially useful role at great risk to themselves ....while the trolls sit at home dreaming up new names for their new login accounts. Perhaps it is jealousy and a sense of personal shame to them that other members of society live a more fulfilling life.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Like any article about the police, firemen et al, out come the 'names' who have never appeared or posted before, singing the praises, but still not answering why it is fair that one small section of our local society gets a massive tax funding for their pension but the others, many low paid workers in tourists etc get not a bean. Stop being in denial and let get real equality. But then the firemen and others seem to say that we are all equal but they are just more equal than others. And before any more comments about the danger of the work, well the most dangerous job and the one that has more casualties is those in the construction and building industry. Don't hear any Union saying they should get a huge tax funded pension.

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    weaversway

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Good to see that the retained firefighters and suffolk crews dealt with the huge fire in west Norfolk maybe shows that we could do without the striking Norfolk firemen who find their very generous pensions not high enough for them

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    Ryan Bure

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • God bless our brave firefighters & give them success against their mealy-mouthed bosses. They're being shafted by a callous goverment. It's the goverment who deserve to be vilified for driving these firefighters to take this strike action. When can we change the terms of contract etc for our sold-out, self serving MPs?

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    Frank

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • What tripe and vacuous comments some people make about the 'real' world........ In this so called real world contracts should be honoured, firemen are tax payers and pension contributors too. Good luck to them: shame they don't sue the Government for breach of contract.

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • The troll accounts have arrived , they never go on strike on here, We await the opinion of " Bob Tob " and " Ryan Bure " .

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Ask for the real figures on how much tax payers' money is put into financing their very lavish pensions. This strike is only about one thing.Pensions and the firemen wanting to keep their massive handouts. Next time any councillors talks about cuts to local services ask them to produce how much we are paying for public pensions. Nice work if you can get it but very unfair to the many medium to low pay workers in the private sector

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    weaversway

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • The fire fighters have an inflated opinion of themselves, yes, they do a valuable job but so do lots of other people who do not get the high pay and pension of the firemen and are not allowed to get their head down and have a doze if working a night shift and not on a call

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    michaelfane

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Time for the fat cats of the fire service to join the real world, there are plenty of other workers who do just as dangerous work as the fire service yet do not receive the same generous salary and huge pensions paid for by lower paid workers in the private sector

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    blister

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Greed ?? I dont think so. Robbery more like. If somebody has signed a contract in good faith with thier employer to retire at 55, pay a certain amount into it, and get a certain amount out at the end then it should be honoured. How would you feel if you signed a contract, planned your life, savings and family life around it...only to have it torn up for loo paper, even though you have honoured your end of the contract ?? Lets look at the issues these Firefighters are facing. Doing their job at 55 is hard enough, 60 is pretty much impossible to maintain the required fitness standards. If they fail their fitness test then they are SACKED and don't get their pensions until they are 68 !!!! An independant review of firefighters pension age has found that maintaining the level of fitness required at 60 will be nigh on impossible - but is ignored by government. (They didn't ignore the independant review that awarded them an 11% pay rise did they ??) The amount they pay towards there pension has increased from around £280pm to £360pm !!! A 28% increase. How would you feel having anything you have to pay increased by 28% ? On top of all this the formula for working out their pension has changed and they will get around a 3rd less at the end. This is why I fully support these guys in their strike, what the government has done to them is shocking and they are correct to fight for what they signed up for.

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    Hephaestus

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Only one word to describe it..... greed.

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    sharky

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • The Only thing the firefighters are doing wrong is if you are on Strike, you actually are on strike and you don't go to ANY emergency calls, but it seems that they are still going to the more serious calls. when you are out on strike you don't are on the picket line and stay there, good luck to them !!

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • I have sympathy for fire workers pension rights, although they are extraordinarily well rewarded for occasional high risk work compared to other countries. 4 days of industrial action is excessive and to have it around bonfire night is shameful. It calls into question the legitimacy of industrial action for a life saving service. A work to rule to only do 999 calls would be acceptable in my opinion. It is tax payers who pay for these services who are being put at risk over an employment relations issue. The FBU are old style militants, we cant afford to pay for their ideological extremism. It also creates division with the non FBU fire staff who are the heroes of the day.

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    itsme73

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • I have noticed the difference, they sit outside the fire station instead of being in it.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • What's the point of striking if no one notices the difference ???

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    Unemployed and Luvin it.

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • well done to them all

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    grom999

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • The very best of luck to them.

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    A M

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

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