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More walkout action by fire crews in Fylde

Firefighter Dennis Swan on strike over New Year outside Forest Gate Fire Station, Blackpool.

Firefighter Dennis Swan on strike over New Year outside Forest Gate Fire Station, Blackpool.

Firefighters across the Fylde coast took part in further strike action in a ongoing dispute over pensions.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members across the country walked out between 6.30am and 8.30am this morning, following on from recent strikes held on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Chris Molloy, Blackpool’s FBU representative, said: “The reason why we’re taking the action is to highlight firefighters’ anger, and to try and get the Government and the Fire Minister to sit down in talks and negotiations.

“We’re obviously taking short strike actions because we want to minimise the effect on the public, but we have been left with no other option.

“If we get meaningful talks then we will hold back from taking strike action.”

During the previous strike on New Year’s Eve, Blackpool fire station was left unmanned.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service had no call outs during their two hour strike this morning.

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