Grantham firefighters on 24 hour strike over pensions

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Grantham firefighters have joined colleagues around England by going on a 24 hour strike which started at 7am today.

Firefighters are in dispute with the government over pension plans. They fear that firefighters could lose a large part of their pension if they are forced to retire at 55 if they do not pass fitness tests and will have to wait until they are 67 to get a pension.

Grantham firefighters are picketing outside the fire station on Harlaxton Road.

Lincolnshire Fire Service says it is providing cover while the strike takes place.

Dave Ramscar, Chief Fire Officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the county. We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible. We continue to remind people to take care when going about their daily business, and that there is further safety advice available on our website and on Twitter @lincsfirerescue.”