LONG-term absences at Hampshire Fire and Rescue has increased by 20 per cent.
A report by chief officer Dave Curry revealed that the rise in absence of 5.1 per cent is costing the service £1m.
Pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and bones accounted for 44 per cent of absences last year while respiratory (20 per cent) and digestive issues (17 per cent) were also listed as reasons.
For the total days elapsed, pain in muscles and broken bones was again the highest cause with 44 per cent with other reasons including general illness (11 per cent), respiratory (nine per cent) and psychological (seven per cent).
Uniformed absences increased while non-uniformed absences decreased.
To improve attendance, the fire authority has set up the Attendance Management Working Group which will meet monthly to discuss absences.
An action plan has been drafted by the group which looks to cover training and development, communication, wellbeing and process and policy.
The absence report will be discussed as part of the Hampshire Fire Rescue Authority Performance Review and Scrutiny Committee meeting this morning.