More than two thousand firefighters in this area joined today's four-hour strike over changes to their pensions.
Chief fire officers put in contingency plans in every county and warned of slower response times but no major incidents were reported.
The Fire Brigades Union says the proposed changes mean crews may still be on the frontline fighting fires at the age of sixty - and that would put lives at risk.
Luke Farrington has more.
Firefighters worked with paramedics to release a man trapped under a roll of paper this lunchtime.
Crews were called out to Childeritch Industrial Park at Little Warley, near Brentwood, just before midday and had released him by just after 12.30pm. They left him in the care of the air ambulance.
Essex fire service said the call was received before today's strike action began and crews remained at work until the man had been released.
Fire minister and Norfolk MP Brandon Lewis insists it is safe for firefighters to work until the age of 60.
Crews are staging industrial action today over a dispute about pensions. They will strike from midday until 4pm.
Click below to see an interview with the minister.
The first picket lines have begun to form across the region as firefighters stage a four-hour strike.
This was the scene in Corby, Northamptonshire, just after midday today as the industrial action began.
It's over a dispute about pensions and proposals to change the retirement age for crew members.
Firefighters across the Anglia region are getting ready to go on strike at midday today.
Contingency plans are being put in place across the Anglia region as firefighters prepare to take part in a four hour nationwide strike.
It's in a row over pension plans.
Emergency calls will still be answered but there may be no response between 12pm and 4pm to calls about things like gas leaks and flooding.