FIREFIGHTERS in West Yorkshire take fewer days off sick than members of many other brigades around the country.
Firefighters in the county take an average seven days a year off sick, far fewer than the South Yorkshire average of 11.
Fire chiefs says the sickness tally is better than for staff in all the five main councils in West Yorkshire - including Kirklees - and the police.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Allan Hughes said sickness was closely monitored in West Yorkshire, so people could be given the help and support they needed to help them get back to work.
Clr Graham Kirkland, chairman of the West Yorkshire Fire Authority's personnel and training committee, said: "People are our greatest asset and the best way to maximise productivity is to look after their welfare."
He added: "It is particularly remarkable to have such low absence rates in a profession which is so stressful and physically demanding."