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.
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Saturday will be the best day this weekend before rain on Sunday.
Clacton MP Douglas Carswell admits that he feared for his safety when he was mobbed group of anti-austerity protesters outside Westminster.
This evening's showers will ease and then it will be a fine start to the weekend before rain arrives on Sunday.