Striking firefighters set to return to work after rally at Essex HQ

Fire fighters, fire officers and control room operators picket outside the Essex County Fire and Res

Fire fighters, fire officers and control room operators picket outside the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Kelveden on Friday for their third day of protests against the new control room. - Credit: Su Anderson

Firefighters in Essex are set to return to work at 6pm at the end of a three-day strike.

Control room operators picket outside the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Kelve

Control room operators picket outside the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Kelveden on Friday for their third day of protests against the new control room. - Credit: Su Anderson

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the county walked out at 9am on Wednesday in a dispute over shift changes at the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) control room and what they claim are proposed frontline job cuts in the future.

Those taking part in industrial action held a rally this afternoon at the ECFRS headquarters in Kelvedon, home to the new control room which became operational at the beginning of the strike, as part of their protest about changes there.

ECFRS has had in force resiliance arrangements through-out the strike with working crews responding to 999 calls as normal.

The service denies having any firm proposals to cut firefighter numbers and says control room shift changes were agreed with staff as per their terms and conditions of contract.


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