The number of firefighters in Leicestershire is down by 26%, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has claimed.

They also claim that the number of firefighters in Lincolnshire is down by 18%, and 24% in Nottinghamshire.

This follows the news that fires are reportedly increasing, with a 10% spike in England as a whole.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:

The Whaley Bridge dam collapse saw fire and rescue services stretched to the limit.

Matt Wrack

The FBU also say the number of firefighters across the West Midlands is down by 24%.

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