Published: 15:01, 04 July 2014
Hundreds of firefighters at stations across Kent are to stage their first eight-day strike soon in a dispute about their pensions.
The crews are joining in national action, called by the Fire Brigades Union, which will see them leave their posts for several hours each day between Monday, July 14 and Monday, July 21.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it is making "contingency plans", but is urging the public to be extra cautious to avoid fires or emergencies.
Firefighters around the county are supporting the industrial action, which follows a ballot of FBU members by the union.
They are angry the new Public Services Pensions Act means them having to contribute more to their pension schemes, which they will not be able to claim until they are 60, instead of 55.
The strike dates are:
Kent FBU secretary Mark Simmons said: "We do not accept that it is appropriate or safe to require our members to work to the age of 60."
KFRS director of operations Sean Bone-Knell said during an earlier walkout: "We have been working hard to make sure we have the best emergency cover we can for this series of strikes.
"Staff who are not striking will be based at locations around the county to provide the best cover possible."
But KFRS is not saying exactly where the appliances will be based, other than at "strategic locations".