MORE than 20,000 extra hours of fire safety checks will be taking place in West Yorkshire by 2007.
The county's fire service is restructuring its fire safety department, cutting the number of uniformed officers and employing at least a further 10 civilians.
The changes will take place over the next four years.
By the end of that time they will save the brigade £16,000 a year and yet the fire safety department will spend an extra 22,000 hours a year doing inspections.
During this time, many of the uniformed inspectors will have changed roles and gone into other departments and others may have retired.
Fire chiefs aim to avoid any compulsory redundancies.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Monks said: "We want to sharpen the focus of the department, to build on the achievements of recent years.
"At the end of 2001, West Yorkshire recorded its lowest ever number of fire fatalities in any one year, just 15.
"This figure represented a tremendous improvement. In 1996 the average number was almost 40."
A fire service spokesman said many inspection duties did not need officers from a highly specialised, uniformed background.
"These kind of changes have already been carried out in other fire authorities," he added.
"It is not ground-breaking stuff."