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Number of firefighters in Leicestershire down by almost 30%

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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.

If this government is serious about tackling the climate emergency, it needs to invest in our frontline defences – and it is firefighters who are tackling wildfires and rescuing people stranded in flooding. Whaley Bridge will not be the last extreme weather event to stretch fire and rescue resources.

– Matt Wrack

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

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