Not such a big story, brigades do use pre arranged overtime to cover staff shortages. But here's the thing. I saw this news on BBC this morning and googled it to see if there was any more detail: London Fire Brigade to cut overtime This is page 20 of the results: There are at least twenty pages (probably more, I got bored!) of every news service having the IDENTICAL story! So who send out these stories? I've long noticed that the new government often has "today's hate news!" Yesterday it was the police overtime. Almost like they're doing it on purpose!