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Firefighters' strike: '999 calls will still be answered'

Firefighters in England and Wales are due to strike for four hours from midday in a dispute over pensions.

Unions say it is a "warning shot to the government" over members' anger about making them work until they are 60.

Ministers say the pension offer is one of the most generous in the public sector.

Genera Secretary at the Fire Brigade Union Matt Wrack said 999 calls made during the strike would "still be answered".

Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities and Local Government Brandon Lewis told the Today programme's John Humphrys "this is an unnecessary strike".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 25 September 2013.

  • 25 Sep 2013