Essex Firefighters and control room workers in the FBU union were set to strike this Saturday and Sunday over huge cuts to staff.
Fire bosses want rid of at least 179 firefighters—more than a 25 percent reduction in crews immediately available to respond to emergency calls.
The cuts will mean longer waiting times for fire crews to arrive. Firefighters are increasingly putting their lives on the line when they know they should wait for the full rescue team to arrive.
Control room workers will be striking over cuts to staff and an unworkable new IT mobilising system, which sends fire appliances to emergencies. It has crashed and isn’t expected to be back online until November.
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