Budget cuts will leave the region's fire services unable to spend time preventing house fires, and could put lives in danger, according to the firefighters' union.
A report by the Local Government Association says fire brigades across the country will have to cut their spending by a third within the next five years.
The report also says community safety schemes, like fitting free smoke alarms, could could come under threat if proposed budget cuts are implemented.
Pete Wilcox, from the Fire Brigades Unions, spoke to ITV News about the effect that the cuts could have.
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