West Yorkshire firefighters angry at proposed cuts to rally on Saturday

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West Yorkshire fire crews angry at planned cuts have organised a protest rally for Saturday.

Halifax could lose one of its fire engines under the plans to meet the budget cuts West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been told it must make.

The firefighters will be rallying in Leeds city centre on Saturday.

The fire authority has already agreed to close the fire stations in Brighouse and Elland and replace them with one new one in Rastrick as part of the steps to save cash.

Other steps included in the latest proposals would be to close Marsden Fire Station in Huddersfield, closing Haworth Fire Station, and removing a fire engine from Keighley Fire Station.

West Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union secretary David Williams said: “Firefighters are angry because these cuts will double the size of some station grounds which in turn will slow response times. In emergency situations, every second counts.”