The first in a series of five strikes involving firefighters is taking place today.
The Fire Brigades Union in Essex claims the county will have lost one in five frontline staff since 2008 if cuts go ahead.
But service managers insist jobs are safe and say one hundred firefighters and retained crews will step in during the industrial action.
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The latest weather for the east with Philippa
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Met Office issues storm warnings overnight as 80mph winds are expected across the south and east. Storm Imogen is due at around 3am