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Firefighters at West Midlands Fire Service's HQ have been demonstrating how the vehicles which will replace four fire engines will work.
The service is taking four traditional engines off the road and replacing them with Brigade Response Vehicles.
More than 30 firefighter posts are also being cut.
Ben Brooke, Station Commander at the West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters in Birmingham, explains the role of the new Brigade Response Vehicles.
West Midlands Fire Service has been demonstrating the new smaller vehicles it plans to replace four fire engines with.
It's been confirmed by the service that 34 firefighter posts are being cut, and four fire engines are being taken off the road.
In their place will be smaller Brigade Response Vehicles (BRVs). Eighteen posts are being cut in Coventry, and 16 firefighter roles will go in Birmingham.
The service says it will not make anyone redundant, but positions will not be filled when people leave.
The West Midlands Fire service has confirmed it is cutting more than 30 firefighter roles, but no one will be made redundant.
The service has confirmed the numbers issued by the Fire Brigades Union, that 18 post would go in Coventry and 16 in Birmingham.
The positions will go through natural wastage, which means jobs won't be filled when people leave.
Speaking about claims the West Midlands Fire Service are cutting firefighter jobs and taking fire engines off the road, Paul Cockburn, FBU brigade secretary said:
The Fire Brigades Union is claiming job cuts will be made in Coventry and Birmingham.
It says 18 posts will be made redundant in Coventry, with two traditional fire engines being taken off the road and replaced by one smaller vehicle.
A further 16 firefighters will lose their jobs at stations in Birmingham, with another two fire engines decommissioned, also to be replaced with smaller fire vehicles.
A statement from West Midlands Fire Service is expected at some time this morning.
The Fire Brigades Union is claiming that more than 30 firefighters will lose their jobs at West Midlands Fire Service,
The cutbacks could also see four fire engines being decommissioned.