MORE firefighters are needed for the Marlborough station, members of the area board were told.

Station manager Dave Adamson told the meeting that a publicity drive was underway and called on members to help spread the word.

He said there was no upper age limit for people to become retained fire fighters but they did have to pass a fitness test. Cllr Andrew George-Perutz of Berwick Bassett and Winterbourne Monkton Parish Council expressed shock that 66 per cent of the calls received by the fire service were false alarms.

Mr Adamson stated that it was very hard to do anything about the issue.