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Fire crews begin vote on action

Firefighters on Merseyside have started casting votes on whether to begin industrial action in a row over jobs.

Crews are being balloted on action short of a strike, over plans the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) believes would lead to the loss of more than 100 jobs.

Union official Les Skarratts said: "There have been relentless cuts to frontline fire services in Merseyside."

The union said the cuts have already had a "real impact" on the number of firefighters to attend emergencies.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service had said it was "disappointed" that action was being considered.

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