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[Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian.]

[Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian.]

Government plans to make us work until we’re 60 or lose pension entitlements puts everyone at risk. We deserve better and so do you, writes Jamie Newell in The Guardian.

I have lobbied, campaigned and crawled on my hands and knees to raise awareness of the risk the government’s pension proposals will have on the public. These proposals would see firefighters serve on the frontline until they are 60 instead of 55, as they do now.

We need to sound the alarm at the prospect of 60-year-olds arriving on the scene of emergency situations. It’s not just fires: we’re also talking about flooding, road traffic collisions and acts of terrorism.

The government’s own evidence highlights that a significant number of firefighters will be unfit to deal with these emergencies, due to natural ageing from the age of 55, where if we cannot pass the mandatory firefighter fitness test we face dismissal, or a significantly reduced pension.

All this, simply for getting older.

There is a lot more, all pointing to the claim that “firefighters have no choice but to strike”. It’s in the Guardian article so please give it a visit.

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