Vij Randeniya, Chief Officer at West Midlands Fire Service
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West Midlands fire chief prepares for retirement

9 November 2013 Last updated at 15:54 GMT

The outgoing West Midlands chief fire officer Vij Randeniya has said the service has changed a great deal since he took control in 2009.

The brigade is one of the biggest in the UK, with 1,600 full-time firefighters.

Since 2011, Mr Randeniya has overseen savings of £16.2m, some 20% of the brigade's budget.

He told BBC Midlands Today's Nick Owen he was confident about the brigade's future.