One in six firefighters jobs could be lost in East Sussex after the fire authority approved cuts on Thursday 5 June.
The move will also see fire engines axed at the Preston Circus station in Brighton and The Ridge station in Hastings.
A vigorous campaign organised by local Fire Brigade Union officials saw a petition against the cuts gaining over 10,000 signatures as well as a number of politicians of different parties signing an open letter opposing the changes.
Simon Herbert, chair of the FBU in East Sussex said: â€œThis decision will compromise public safety, increasing response times and hampering firefighters ability to protect the public.
â€œThe fire authority have ignored the 10,000 people who signed the petition condemning these cuts as well as a group of cross-party politicians who opposed these plans.
â€œThis is devastating news for East Sussex firefighters, their families and the public.â€