He declared: “Across the country firefighters are facing massive attacks on their pensions, being expected to work longer, pay more and receive less.

“The return of the deputy just days after retiring shows there is one rule for one, another for everyone else.

“This is just a question of jobs for the boys and is a particular insult at a time when the service is being cut to shreds by central government.”

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently making £2.39 million in cuts.

On Wednesday a council spokeswoman said many fire and rescue services had a policy of potential re-engagement following a retirement when a clear business case existed and this had been agreed by the recognised fire service unions.

In re-engaging Mr Phillips, the council’s staff and pensions committee rec-ognised the need for stability within the senior management whilst still delivering a major change programme.