The longest running dispute in fire service history has been settled in Essex. Members of the Fire Brigades Union and the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have reached agreement in the four year long period of industrial action.
Fire crews voted 2 to 1 to accept the settlement terms negotiated and recommended by their union leaders.
Chief Fire Officer David Johnson said that while both parties would acknowledge there remain differences, it was time to draw a line under the past and look forward.
The Fire Brigades Union says it still has serious concerns of the reduction of wholetime fire crews in Brentwood and Canvey Island. The union says it has written assurances from the Chief Fire Officer to maintain the overall numbers of wholetime firefighters across Essex up to March 2015.
The settlement includes new terms and allowances and both sides say they are starting to work more closely together. The four-year dispute led to a series of short strikes over the summer.