County employers praised for keeping fire service going.(News)

Shropshire employers have been praised for their "valuable" contribution in releasing staff to carry out firefighting duties in the county. Without them, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service--which has 300 retained firefighters--would be in "dire straits."

"Seventy per cent of fire cover in Shropshire is provided by the retained service," Councillor Chris Mellings, a member of Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority, told employers.

In some parts of the county there were "real" difficulties staffing some rural fire stations, particularly during the daytime. Without the help of employers in releasing staff there would be a problem in providing fire cover for the county, he said. …

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