‘Lives in danger’ fear by fire union over cuts plans that include losing a fire engine from Halifax

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Plans to close fire stations across West Yorkshire and lose fire engines including one at Halifax will put lives at risk, claims the Fire Brigades Union.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority are set to discuss on Friday the proposals made by Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling which also see the number of firefighters across West Yorkshire reduced by 200.

The Fire Brigade Union’s West Yorkshire brigade secretary said: “These cuts will slow response times, and in firefighting, seconds count.

“A few seconds delay can be the difference between saving a life and failing to save it.

“Firefighters are members of these communities too and they know the impact these proposals will make if they are approved by the fire authority.”

As reported by the Courier, Chief Fire Officer Pilling says the fire and rescue service is having to make savings of £8m and £12m in the next two years and he fears there could be more cost-cutting after that.

He claims, although radical, his proposals would improve fire enging response times in 23 higher risk areas.