Firefighters speak out on the picket line

The public is being warned a contingency plan is in place to protect them as up to 900 firefighters go on strike.

The walkout in Essex is over proposed cuts, staffing levels and working conditions.

The county's fire and rescue service says more than one hundred firefighters are still working.

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Firefighters on strike

Firefighters in Essex will today hold the first of five planned strikes in a dispute over cuts.