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Fire talks end without agreement

Talks aimed at ending a row over changes to frontline fire services in Essex have ended without an agreement.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) voted last month in favour of taking industrial action, but stopped short of an all-out strike.

The FBU said the fire authority wanted to reduce jobs, and negotiations on Thursday failed to find a compromise.

Chief fire officer David Johnson said earlier that the service was working in a difficult economic climate.

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