West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has admitted that a 24-hour firefighter strike poses a “real challenge”.

The Fire Brigades Union will walk-out at 9am on Thursday for a full day, and again on Saturday, June 21, for seven hours in a dispute over pensions.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: “We are very disappointed that a resolution to this ongoing disputebetween the FBU and Government has not been found.

“Although we have tried and tested contingency plans, there is no escaping the fact that we will have less skilled resource available during this prolonged period.

“The level of cover and the standard of expertise at our disposal during strike will be significantly reduced, therefore I urge the public to take note of this and do their bit to help us by staying vigilant.”

Around half the brigade’s fleet of 54 fire engines will be available and cover will be provided by those not striking as well as 49 Community Response Operatives.