FIREFIGHTERS from stations across North Devon are striking today.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union have announced the strike will take place between 12pm and 4pm.
The strike is primarily in relation to pension reforms, but FBU member Bob Walker said the issues run deeper than that.
“The important thing is to get the message out about the nuts and bolts of what these strikes are in relation to,” he said.
There are members of the FBU at stations including Ilfracombe, Bideford, Braunton, Woolacombe and Combe Martin.
There will also be a walk-out taking place at Barnstaple Fire Station.
The fire service have reminded people to take extra care during periods of industrial action as crews may not be able to respond to incidents as quickly as usual.
Chief fire officer, Lee Howell, said: “Like all other Fire and Rescue Services, we have contingency plans prepared and will now put these arrangements in place ahead of the first strike.
"We will continue to respond to 999 calls and will do everything we can to keep the public safe, including during any national fire strike.”