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