Hundreds of firefighters descended upon Aylesbury this morning to protest against the sacking of Bletchley fireman Ricky Matthews.
The Fire Brigades Union insists long-standing firefighter and high-ranking FBU member Mr Matthews was dismissed after not coming in to work despite a planned strike.
However, Bucks Fire and Rescue said the strike was “unlawful” and should not have gone ahead due to an administrative error.
Mr Matthews appeared overwhelmed at the turnout which included brigades from Scotland, the Isle of White and Northern Ireland.
He said: “All I want to do is be reinstated, it is all I have ever done and all I am good at. I have a family to feed, I just want to get back to work.”
The FBU said it is now taking legal action against Bucks Fire and Rescue over Mr Matthews’ dismissal.
His sacking has gained significant media attention as he is the only fireman out of 30,000 taking strike action to lose his job.
Celebrity political activist Russell Brand has lended his voice to the campaign on Twitter by advertising the march in Aylesbury.
The FBU’s general secretary Matt Wrack, who is leading today’s protest about the sacking and workers’ pensions, said: “We think it is an appalling way to treat someone who has given 17 years of service to the Bucks Fire and Rescue Service and we are here to make a stand for Ricky and for our pensions.”