I presume that the media would have picked up on the airport thing, since I'm guessing airports would have to close without a fire service (?)
(related BBC article
The external support that airports receive is a good point, while I was at GLA, four units came to assist when smoke was reported in a cabin, would the army be able to react in the same way?
The rail and tube services that are affected are mainly stations that have very slow evacuation times. They will close to minimize risk.
One of the strikes ends the day before bonfire night, a lot of people have bonfires or firework displays early, and this is very worrying to me.
I hope these strikes are not abused by stupid pranksters or thugs who decide to set off fire alarms or, even worse, start fires because they know that the call may go unanswered.
To be honest (and I don't want to start an argument) but it scares me that we are giving this much notice to potential terrorists.
I support the firefighters, they play a vital role in society, I feel sorry for the soldiers who will have to cope with this, and wish them the best of luck, but most of all, I hope no-one becomes a victim of this.