Oxfordshire fire and rescue call-outs down by 15%

The budget to pay retained firefighters in Oxfordshire has been cut following a 15% fall in the number of emergency call-outs in the last five years.

Oxfordshire's fire service said there were 1,020 fewer call-outs in 2011/12 compared with 2007/08.

The county council said it would cut its £3.5m budget for retained firefighters by £30,000 in 2012/13.

It said the reduction in fire and rescue incidents was partly the result of prevention work.

Oxfordshire County Council said there had been an overall reduction in emergency calls to the fire service with 6,621 in 2007/08 to 5,601 in 2011/12.

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