Essex firefighters walk out on strike

Striking firefighters in Essex at Chelmsford fire station Credit: Serena Sandhu / ITV Anglia

Firefighters in Essex have staged a third strike in a row over planned cuts. Members of the Fire Brigades' Union joined the picket line at Chelmsford fire station and 11 other full-time stations across Essex at 9am as part of a 24-hour walk out.

The Union claims that 100 full-time firefighters and 60 retained firefighters have gone since 2008. The Essex Chief Fire Officer, David Johnson, said contingency plans are in place.

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Essex firefighters strike

A series of strikes by fire crews in Essex have been announced over the summer in a dispute over cuts.