Firefighters will go on strike again tomorrow morning between 6.30am and 8.30am.

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The national Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike is part of an ongoing dispute with the government about pensions.

A back up plan means the fire service will continue to operate a 999 response where calls will be prioritised as they come in.

Emergency fire calls will still get a response during the strike, where cover will be reduced and some fire stations closed.

Road users are being urged to “Be Safer, Be Slower, Be Vigilant,” on the county’s roads while the strike happens.

At a previous New Year’s Eve strike, firefighters in Norwich left the picket lines to attend a fire in Temple Road, off Magdalen Road in north Norwich.

Firefighters from Sprowton, Earlham and Carrow forced their way into the flat to put out the flames, caused by overcooked food.

A further call from Norwich’s Great Hospital in Bishopgate led firefighters to voluntarily abandon the strike after fire alarms were triggered.

3 comments

  • Fire fighters are necessary for all our well being but there is no reason whatsoever why they should be exempt from the realities of life. They retire early on very good pensions but don't want to pay for it!

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    andy

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • They are fighting for thr right to access their pensions early. The Quixote like obsession of the Tories to fight the FBU is unbelievable, to force over 60 year old firefighters to do active service, chemical fires, as well as those seen during the riots in London, is putting the public, as well as the firefighters at risk. Brendan Lewis assertions are wrong.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Let me summarise why firefighters are on strike .. They used to pay 11pc into their pensions, the government are putting this up to nearly 15pc to cover the deficit created by bailing out the banks with tax payers money .. A tax on public sector workers.. They have removed the sickness and ill health.. So if they get injured at work meaning they can't be a firefighter, they get the sack, they have put the retirement age up to 60. Even though their own study says they wouldn't be fit enough to be a firefighter at that age, if they aren't fit enough, they get the sack.. Pension then defers to national pension age, Their commutation on retirement will be reduced by tens of thousands of pounds because of the change in accrual rate.. Basically they are taxing the public sector to bail out the government who seem to waste tax payers money... None of this is what they signed up into when they took on the he pension scheme...

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    Chris

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

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