Somerset fire crews to strike
Firefighters in Somerset will go on strike on 25 September in a row over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has confirmed.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said the four-hour strike is "a warning shot to government".
The government called the decision to strike "unnecessary and avoidable".
Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Lee Howell, said: "Like all other Fire and Rescue Services, we have contingency plans prepared and will now put these arrangements in place ahead of the first strike.
"We will continue to respond to 999 calls and will do everything we can to keep the public safe, including during any national fire strike."
Phil Martin, Head of Community Fire Safety for the Service, said: "You can help us by taking extra care and time to think about fire safety in your home during this period - checking smoke alarms, ensuring you know what you would do if there was a fire and not making unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service."