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Retained firefighters overhaul 'needed' in Wales

The number of retained firefighters in Wales is at its lowest since control of the service was devolved in 2004, a BBC Wales investigation has found.

Retained or on-call firefighters staff many stations, particularly in rural areas, and must live and work within five minutes of their base.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called for an overhaul of a system it says was designed for the 1940s.

The Welsh government said the issue was a matter for the fire services.

Nelli Bird reports.

  • 28 Nov 2012
  • From the section Wales