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FIREFIGHTERS are concerned about the thousands of jobs under threat, according to the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, made a special visit to Rugby Fire Station on Tuesday afternoon as part of a tour of the region.

Speaking to firefighters from across Warwickshire, Mr Wrack said: “I’ve been in the West Midlands for the last two days which is part of a national attempt to get round to speak to members about the issues we’re facing.

“People are concerned about the direction we’re going in. They are very concerned about the impact of the cuts.”

Mr Wrack spoke to firefighters about spending cuts, pay freezes, pension plans and job losses.

The union is estimating that around 7,000 jobs across the country could be lost.

Mr Wrack said: “They are gradually taking away our ability to deliver.

“You’ve got your own station closure fight here. That’s happening all over the country.”

Last year Warwickshire County Council voted to close Brinklow station, along with those at Warwick and Studley.

Brinklow is due to close in September this year.