TWO fire stations will go part-time as soon as possible, it was revealed today.
The cutbacks, agreed last month, will hit the stations at Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe.
A West Yorkshire Fire Authority spokesman said: "The intention is to do this as soon as practicable after April 1.
"Both stations will, however, have vehicles staffed by full-timers during a transitional first year."
Tories in Holmfirth claimed today that local opinion was being ignored.
About 1,500 names were on a petition last month calling for full- time crews to be kept.
Clr Ken Sims, deputy leader of Kirklees Council's Tory group, said: "Holmfirth's population continues to grow with increased numbers of new housing developments and yet the fire authority seem determined to cut the service in the area, when we feel it ought to be increased.
The fire service spokesman said the petition had been brought to the attention of authority members when they voted in favour of Holmfirth going part-time.