TRIBUTES have been paid to a firefighter who died last weekend.

At a meeting of West Yorkshire Fire Authority today, members spoke about the tragic death of Andrew Moore, 50, was found dead at Wolverhampton fire station, where he had been on duty on the night shift with colleagues.

He is thought to have taken his own life.

At the fire authority meeting Leeds Councillor and Chair of the Authority Cllr Darren O’Donovan (Lab) spoke of the importance of supporting colleagues deal with any mental health issues, adding: "We can only remind staff how important it is to be kind and supportive to each other.

"Depression is like arthritis or heart disease. It can be hard to fix once it takes hold."

The Authority held a minute's silence before the meeting began.

Mr Moore joined North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in September 1993, and transferred to West Midlands Fire Service in May 1996.