FIREFIGHTERS in Torbay took part in a four-hour strike yesterday as part of a national dispute with bosses over pensions.
Crews in Torquay and Paignton walked out at midday.
Retained stations in Brixham, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and the rest of South Devon were also part of the action where firefighters are members of the Fire Brigades' Union.
Fire service bosses urged people to take extra care during the strike period.
The national strike was announced as part of a dispute between the FBU and Government over proposed changes to pensions.
Almost 80 per cent of FBU members voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot.
They are unhappy that firefighters aged over 50, who are no longer able to meet fire and rescue service fitness standards for fighting fires, could face the sack and lose their pensions.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, said: "This initial strike is a warning shot to Government. Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.
"It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s: the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.
"None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety."
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says contingency plans were in place to ensure the public received a response to all 999 calls during the industrial action.