Do you support these strikes?
Personally I don't, not one bit!
I have a brother-in-law who was a fire fighter and he reitired at 50 (two years ago) after serving for just over 20 years. He lived in a firestation house for about 9 years where he paid next to nothing and so was able to rent his own house out which paid more than his mortgage. After him having his 'lump sum', his monthly pension is just £50 less than my monthly salary and he now continues to work as a freelance fire safety consultant which rakes him in an extra few grand a month too. Whilst he was serving, he used to also run a gardening business which he operated during his '4 off' days. Privilaged position me thinks!!!
On the other hand, an old school friend of mine says that there is no reason for firefighters no to be retiring until 60. He thinks that at 55 the frontline firefighters could go into training/community roles. However, he has said that he will also be taking advantage of the early retirement and will likely go and spend a few years in somewhere like Dubai where he could easily earn £70-80k.
One of the reasons for the striking is down the the possible increase in the retirement age to bring them more in line with the other emergency services. Quite right too I think!