THE new fire station at Rastrick could take cover away from Calderdale, it has been claimed.
Plans have been submitted to Calderdale Council for the station in Clough Lane which is due to open subject to approval in 2015.
The station will cover both Brighouse and Elland, where the current stations will close, and the top area of Huddersfield.
David Williams, from the Fire Brigades Union said the new station would not necessarily provide cover in Calderdale.
“The new Rastrick station is built on the cusp of a very high risk area in Huddersfield.
“It’s our view that the pump will be needed more often in that area so it cannot be in Elland and Brighouse, which is where it’s intended to cover.
“It is right that we provide cover wherever it’s needed, but it’s driving resources away from Calderdale. These cuts will cost lives.”
In response at Calderdale Communities Scrutiny Panel, Mr Nigel Hutson, borough district commander for the fire service, said the Rastrick site had been chosen for the station as it provided cover for a large area where some communities are difficult to reach and that included areas of Huddersfield.
Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) asked how they would provide rural cover.
Mr Hutson said: “There’s a very low risk, the biggest risk we’ve got is moorland fires. Education and fire prevention work will continue, we periodically visit these places and talk about home fire safety issues.”
But the FBU says that education is no barrier to an accident.