Threat of further action by striking firefighters
Firefighters "solidly" supported a national strike in a bitter row over pensions, with the threat of further action if the long-running dispute was not resolved.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) left their stations at noon and set up picket lines, leaving brigades to put into place contingency plans until the action ended after four hours.
Firefighters from across the Westcountry joined the action which the FBU said was a "warning shot" to the Government over plans to make members work up to aged 60.
Ministers said the action was unnecessary and called the pension offer "generous".
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Local fire services ensured that 999 calls were answered as usual even though the FBU said 32,000 of its 41,000 national members went on strike.
No major incidents were reported during the strike – which was the first national walkout for a decade.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received five emergency calls during the four hours of strike action – one of which was a medical emergency in Dawlish that was dealt with by local crews not taking part in the action.
A spokesman said: "We would like to thank the public for taking extra care by being vigilant during the strike. They helped us to help them."
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it received two 999 calls – one of which was triggered by an automated fire alarm and the other to confirm that the automated fire alarm was a false alarm. Chief fire officer Des Tidbury said: "I'd like to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the people of Cornwall during this challenging time and urge everyone to maintain their vigilance and fire safety awareness for the future."
The FBU said the strike demonstrated its members' "anger and determination".
Bob Walker, chair of the FBU in Devon and Somerset, said: "Our membership was solid – everyone walked out and those off-duty joined in support."