FIREFIGHTERS across South Yorkshire are to go on strike in a national day of action next week.

Thursday, July 10 has been chosen and it comes just three weeks after the last strike.

Employees are protesting against government changes to their pension scheme and job security fears for colleagues deemed unfit for the frontline.

"We are disappointed that more strike dates have been announced," a South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

"We are satisfied with the contingency arrangements which we had in place during previous strike periods, and will now be reviewing our arrangements in light of the new date.

"Our 999 response service will be severely reduced during any strike periods, so we call on people to take extra care to keep calls."