If its been covered elsewhere, sorry. News is in that Fire Service is once more considering laying down its hoses over employment issues: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20091019/tuk-firefighters-begin-24-hour-strikes-6323e80.html Personally, I think the Fire Service shouldnt be allowed to strike, just as the Police and Army arent allowed to strike. Thats not to say that the Firefighters dont have a valid point, its just their method of execution, by holding the country to ransom is unproffesional and dangerous, no matter what safeguards are put in place. The Strike probably wont go ahead, and someone will resind whatever they said etc etc, but if they were to strike, we no longer have Green Goddesses, the Army is stretched like a piece of gum, close to snapping point and the TA is stood down. Perhaps we can employ the Boys Brigade... or the Scouts to help out?