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More fire stations and jobs could be lost in the West Midlands

More fire stations across the West Midlands could be closed and more firefighters could lose their jobs because of further cuts over the next three years, according to the Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority.

Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority warns fire stations could close Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Councillor John Edwards said fire services in the region were facing “increasingly difficult times” thanks to a 36% cut in central Government funding since 2011.

He added that further cuts of at least £14m are expected over the next three years.

We are at tipping point. I am calling on the Government to listen to our very real concerns that fire stations and fire engines might have to go, and that firefighters will lose their jobs.

“It calls into question our continuing ability to provide the effective and efficient fire service, and five-minute response time, that people in the West Midlands expect and deserve."

– Councillor John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority

Councillor Edwards, who worked as a firefighter for twelve years, was re-elected Chair of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority for the fifth year in a row at the organisation's annual meeting on Monday.

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Firefighters claim cuts 'could cost lives'

Plans for redundancies and £3.7 million of cuts to Hereford and Worcester Fire Service are "dangerous and wrong", local firefighters say.

Representatives of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) say they were informed of possible compulsory redundancies at a meeting with senior managers last week.

As well as £2 million in back-office savings, the fire authority will vote today over plans to cut £1.7 million from the service’s frontline budget.

Steve Gould, FBU secretary for Hereford and Worcester, said:

These cuts are dangerous and could cost the lives of firefighters and the general public.

River pollution avoided after Ironbridge fire

The Environment Agency have left the scene of a fire at Ironbridge Power Station, in Shropshire, after assisting Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire at Ironbridge Power Station is 'under control'

Ironbridge Power Station, Shropshire Credit: Nick Potts/PA

The fire at Ironbridge Power Station, which broke out at around 6am this morning, has now been brought 'under control'.

Roxanne Postle, Press Officer for E.ON - who own the plant in Shropshire - said:

"We can confirm that there was a fire at Ironbridge Power Station in the turbine hall early this morning. The fire service is on site and the issue has been brought under control. No one was injured during the incident and we will be conducting a full investigation."

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Man dead in Derby flat fire

A 64 year-old man has died in a fire at a flat in Derby, after three fire crews were called to Edward Street in the city, shortly after 11pm last night.

A police spokeswoman said:

We haven't traced any of his next of kin so won't be releasing any more details until we have spoken to them.

An investigation between Derby Police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is underway to establish the cause.

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