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ECFRS will be stretched tomorrow as many officers strike between 12pm and 4pm
A warning has gone out to schools, hospitals and residential homes which may not receive any response from the fire service tomorrow afternoon.
Many Essex County Fire and Rescue officers will be taking part in national strike action between 12pm and 4pm.
Despite arrangements to cover the period, the fire service has announced that automatic fire alarms, which would normally receive an immediate response, cannot be relied upon.
Fires at any business must be followed by a 999 call.
A spokesman said: “If resources are stretched, we may not be able to respond to any calls generated by automatic fire alarms, unless these are backed up by a 999 call.
“Essex firefighters on Essex fire appliances will be responding to 999 calls in the normal way but resources could be stretched with reduced personnel and fire appliances on the run during the strike.”
The dispute is between the Fire Brigade Union and the government over proposed pension reforms.
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