FIRE chiefs this week decide whether to make Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe stations go part-time.
The changes are part of a raft of proposals for the county's emergency service.
They are to be discussed at Friday's annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Fire Authority.
At present, Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe are staffed by a mix of full and part-time staff.
Each employs 12 part-time firefighters. In addition, Holmfirth has eight whole-time crew members and Skelmanthorpe seven.
While both provide full-time cover during the day, the stations become retained at night.
Under the plans, both stations would be retained round-the-clock.
Retained crews live and work within minutes of their fire station but do not staff it all the time.
Some people have voiced concerns that the switch to part-time working would be the first steps to closure.
Andrew Bray, a former president of the Holme Valley Business Association, said: "We are against any reduction in cover and response times and it's not good news.
"It's bad for everybody. If you want a fire engine, seconds count."
He said the best-case scenario would be 24-hour full-time cover for Holmfirth.
"There are big volumes of people in big volumes of buildings. There are still mills that need a quick response, certainly during the day, and we are against that deterioration of service."
Both the Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe areas feature in the Fire Authority's low-risk category when compared with other communities in the county.
In 2002, there were 269 incidents in Holmfirth and 241 in Skelmanthorpe.
Retained crews at Hemsworth fire station near Wakefield were called out to 562 incidents.
Wider changes throughout the county to be discussed on Friday will include extra resources for south and east Leeds, and moving more resources into central Bradford from the city's outlying stations.