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Angry firefighters could strike over station closures.

Firefighters are considering strike action following a decision to close three fire stations in Warwickshire.

The county council approved plans to close Brinklow, Studley and Warwick fire stations this week.

The council has said the changes were not designed to cut costs but to improve services.

However, the Fire Brigades Union said the result was "not good" for the fire service.

A total of 34 councillors voted in favour of the decision, 22 against it and two abstained.

Warwickshire Fire Brigades Union chief Mark Rattray said legal action against a "flawed consultation" would be examined as well as a strike to protect people's lives and firefighters' jobs.

Councillors discussed three options, each of which would see at least two stations across the county forced to close. Warwick, Bidford, Brinklow, Kenilworth, Studley, Fenny Compton and Bedworth stations were under threat of closure under the proposals.

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Date:Jul 22, 2010
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