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Essex: Three incidents dealt with during first scheduled firefighter strike

PUBLISHED: 09:22 10 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:22 10 August 2014

Working crews respond to emergency calls

Working crews respond to emergency calls

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Working fire crews in Essex have dealt with three incidents during the first in a series of hour-long strike by Fire Brigades Union members.

Firefighters released two youngsters locked in a flat in Clacton and were later called to Hutton to rescue someone trapped in a bathroom, who was released before the arrival of crews.

Meanwhile, in Colchester, working crews dealt with a car fire in Pill Box Walk.

The strike took place between 10.59pm and 11.59pm. A further two-hour strike is planned today, between 12pm and 2pm, and another one-hour strike will take place between 10.59pm and 11.59pm.

This industrial action is part of a national dispute over planned changes to firefighter pensions.

MP Therese Coffey has refused to apologise after questioning why police kept Orwell Bridge closed for eight hours following a fatal accident.

Eight fans were arrested by police after trouble broke out among a small group of football supporters at the end of the East Anglian derby at Portman Road in Ipswich.

A new Chief Fire Officer is being recruited to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) – on a £140,000 per year salary.

A 21-year-old man was treated for stab wounds after being robbed in Colchester’s Greenstead Estate on Saturday evening.

A woman was treated for severe hypothermia by coastguard volunteers after entering the sea at Pakefield.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is publicly supporting London Fire Brigade’s campaign to ask people to stop using the outdated term ‘fireman’.

A children’s book set along the banks of the river Orwell was brought to life during a marathon reading hosted at a Suffolk sailing club marking 80 years since it was published.

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