Hampshire Firefighters Strike Again

13 December 2013, 07:08 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Firefighters in Hampshire will walk out for a fifth time tonight, in an ongoing row with the government about pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced two further national strike periods, taking place between 6 pm and 10 pm on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December 2013.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service statement said:

'We would like to reassure the public that emergency calls will be answered and responded to during the planned industrial action by the FBU.

'We will remain in operation as usual throughout the period of industrial action and are calling for your assistance in reducing calls during that time.

'If you have an emergency dial 999 and we will we send an emergency response, but our level of response will be limited and may take longer than usual. Our response will focus on the highest risks to life.'

They've put a video with tips on how you can take extra care during industrial action and Fire safety advice during industrial action, on their website.

This weekend is the busiest for Christmas parties and people are being urged to not cook if they get in after drinking. It's to reduce the risk of a fire starting by people falling asleep while food is cooking.