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Derbyshire firefighters set for 24-hour strike

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Firefighters across Derbyshire will go on strike for 24 hours from 9am as part of a long-running dispute with the Government.

Gavin Tomlinson, of Derbyshire fire service, said: “We will still be responding to 999 calls albeit at a reduced level. Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during times of industrial action.

“I would urge everyone to visit our website – www.derbys-fire.gov.uk – where there is a wealth of fire safety advice and information available.”

Firefighters are unhappy at plans to raise their retirement age from 55 to 60 and increase their pension contributions.

The Government insists firefighters have a good deal.

The 24-hour walkout will be the longest in the three-year campaign to date.

The long-running dispute has already seen 12 separate strikes.

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