Firefighters have voiced their anger at plans to close Allerton fire station in what is being described by the FBU as a â€œcallous cost-cutting exerciseâ€ by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
The proposal, which is subject to a 12 week public consultation, will add to the number of threatened fire station closures in region which include Huyton, Whiston, Upton, West Kirby as well as Eccelston and St Helenâ€™s fire stations.
Mark Rowe, brigade secretary for the FBU in Merseyside, said: â€œThis is yet another attack on the ability of firefighters to respond to emergencies effectively.
â€œMerseyside fire bosses have already cut 14 fire engines in 2013.
â€œClosing stations means fire engines will have to travel greater distances, making 999 emergency response times longer, which will increase the risk to the public and firefighters alike.
â€œAll the people of Merseyside deserve to have a local fire station, not just a select few.
â€œIt would appear that there is a postcode lottery in use to select which fire stations are closed and which stay open.
â€œThe FBU are greatly concerned that the public of Merseyside pay the ultimate price for Coalition cuts.
â€œThis is a callous cost-cutting exercise that the local FBU will fight.â€