Steve Gould, secretary of the FBU
in Hereford and Worcester, said: "The fire authority is setting us up to fail.
Steve Price-Hunt, secretary of the FBU
in the West Midlands, said: "Industrial action is always a last resort and we hope it doesn't have to come to that.
This is wrong," FBU
General Secretary Matt Wrack said.
Matt Wrack, FBU
general secretary, said: "We are not going to give up or go away.
executive council unanimously agreed not to call Welsh firefighters to take strike action with their English colleagues on this occasion but clarified that this could be a temporary measure and that this decision will be kept under review," said the FBU
Confirming the industrial action on Friday, FBU
assistant general secretary Andy Dark said: "Government proposals as they stand include a number of unacceptable elements, including firefighters being forced to work until 60 - an age at which the enormous physical demands of the job are beyond most of us.
general secretary Matt Wrack said it was "absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to the age of 60".
The dispute has continued for months as the FBU
says firefighters are facing a pension that ignores the physical demands of the job they do.
The three periods of strikes announced by the FBU
will take place over a potentially busy weekend prior to the Monday Bank Holiday and we ask people to take extra care at home, at work and when driving.
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU
, said: "Firefighters do not want to place the public at risk, and support on the picket lines suggests that the public understands that we cannot stand by and let this pension theft continue.
It's now been almost two months since the government has been willing to meet for negotiations, despite several invitations from us," said Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU
Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said the strike, backed by 80% of FBU
members, was "unnecessary" but confirmed contingency plans in place.