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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


Our officers have left #ironbridge All fire water contained on site & no pollution to rivers. @shropsfire still on site dampening down 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."


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.

Midlands firefighters prepare for fourth strikes

Firefighters will be striking once more over pensions
Firefighters will be striking once more over pensions Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Firefighters across the Midlands are to take part in a fourth strike on pensions between 10am and 2pm today.

The Fire Brigades Union says there will also be a further ballot for other forms of industrial action, which closes on 4 December.

Leicestershire Fire Service's Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Steve Lunn said:

"Emergency calls from the public will continue to be answered as our fire control operators will be unaffected by the action. However, we would advise residents that our response times may be slightly longer than they would normally expect."

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