Coventry & Warwickshire

Fears for Warwickshire part-time firefighters

A union has said it is concerned about the future of retained firefighters in Warwickshire after plans were released by the county council.

The local authority is currently consulting on its Integrated Risk Management Plan 2013-17.

Anthony Morgan, from the Retained Firefighters Union, said there was little focus on part-time officers.

The council said it was committed to better training, support and leadership for retained firefighters.

Three fire stations have been closed down within the last five years and Mr Morgan said he feared others would follow.

He said retained firefighters performed a "cost-effective" and "integral" role, particularly in rural communities, and called on the local authority to do more to recruit staff.

Councillor Richard Hobbs, responsible for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, said there were no plans to close stations.

He added that there were national problems recruiting enough staff, particularly as many people's job patterns had changed since the economic downturn.

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