Firefighters at Barnstaple station have gone on strike today in protest against pension reforms.
Bob Walker, chairman of the Fire Brigade Union, spoke outside the station during the protest.
He said: "The government two years ago decided to reform public sector pension schemes. They want firefighters to work until the age of 60.
"But 66 per cent of firefighters are set to lose their jobs on the basis of not being fit enough to do their job before they reach pension age.
"We do not want to go on strike. We love doing what we do and the simple fact remains the government have refused to continue talking to is.
"We have been left with no option but to strike to get the government to come around.
"This is an absolutely last resort."
VIDEO: Bob Walker speaks outside Barnstaple Fire Station
Stuart Kalber, 50, from Croyde is a full time firefighter based at Barnstaple. He has been a firefighter for 25 years.
He said: "We have been left with no other choice. We have been trying to negotiate with a pig headed government for more than two years.
"Who wants a 60-year-old firefighter saving them from a burning building?"
Barnstaple currently has 40 full time and 15 retained firefighters.
VIDEO: Firefighters outside Barnstaple Fire Station