A NEW fire control room for Yorkshire is not in the best place to serve many towns, a meeting of Kirklees Council heard.
The claim came from Liberal Democrat councillor Gordon Beever, who is also chairman of West Yorkshire Fire Authority.
Four emergency centres covering the Yorkshire region will be replaced by a new control room at Wakefield under Government plans.
Clr Beever said: "We believe that the plans for regional control will be unsatisfactory for residents in areas such as Harrogate, Hull, Northallerton, North Yorkshire and Sheffield."
A £1bn plan will see all 46 emergency fire control rooms in England closed and replaced with nine regional centres.
The aim is to open the first batch in 2008, with the rest following in 2009.
Clr Beever said: "Given the Government's previous record on other large-scale projects, we believe that these timescales are unachievable."
Up to 54 jobs are at risk at the West Yorkshire fire control centre in Birkenshaw.