Five reasons why you must use your vote: while many in the Fire Service are in the thrall of crippling disillusionment, FIRE encourages those with the opportunity to have a say, to do so.(Viewpoint)

If you only do one political action this year, please let it be that you vote in the forthcoming election. In Fire Service terms the General Election fades into insignificance--for there has never been a more important election in the history of the Service. What happens in the coming weeks could have a far-reaching impact on performance and service delivery for years to come.

Forget Blair and Howard and Kennedy. Forget the pay agreement, forget the dispute, forget New Dimension, IRMP, IPDS, CFOA, the ODPM ... and think about your place in the Fire Service, about your role within.

At a recent seminar, the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones looked back over the dispute, providing a perceptive media perspective on those turbulent times. …

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