Firefighters in Gloucestershire start a series of strikes today in a row over pensions.
The Fire Brigades’ Union will call its members out on strike for five hours this afternoon between noon and 5pm, with another 12-hour strike between 2pm tomorrow and 2am on Sunday morning.
The third period of strike action is due to take place between 10am and 3pm on Sunday.
Fire chiefs across the West are re-jigging cover and hoping to call on retained firefighters whose “on-call” stations are not affected by the strike action.
A picket line is expected to be set up at the Cheltenham North fire station at the Elmbridge Court roundabout.
The dispute, which has rumbled on since last year, is about pensions and Government plans to make firefighters work into their 60s.