President Pat Watters said: 'I am absolutely delighted. It is a giant step forward.
'You always have a chance to solve things when you are talking and working together and the sooner we get on with the work that still needs to be done then the sooner pay increases get to fire-fighters.
'Seven per cent was negotiated and that is what they are entitled to. Working together we can deliver it. I can assure them that as far as we are concerned there will be no blocks in the way of this commitment.'
* Fire Brigade Union statement.