West Midlands firefighters have voted to strike in contract dispute

West Midlands Fire Service during a training session Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters in the West Midlands have voted by nine to one in favour of strikes in a dispute over new contracts for new entrants.

The Fire Brigades Union said the new contracts were "exploitative" and would mean firefighters entering the service would have to take on work outside the agreed role of a firefighter.