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Big drop in injuries to firefighters.

FIREFIGHTERS in the West Midlands are having fewer accidents.

The number of workplace injuries at the fire brigade has plunged over the last 15 years.

Last year was the brigade's best ever for accident prevention.

The total number of injuries has fallen by 55 per cent, from 829 in 1990 to 370 last year.

More serious injuries - those reportable to the Health and Safety Executive - have fallen by 78 per cent, from 184 in 1990 to 41 last year.

These figures cover all the West Midlands Fire Service's workplaces.

They include fires, road accidents, chemical incidents and fire stations.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Vij Randeniya said: "We will continue to work hard to make further improvements."
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