THE fight is on to save Marsden’s fire station.

A petition to stop fire chiefs from closing the station has already been signed by hundreds.

And local councillors have vowed to do all they can to save the station.

Fire chiefs last week announced plans to cut millions of pounds from the West Yorkshire Fire Service budget.

They met on Friday and agreed to put the proposals out for consultation.

Their plans include closing a number of stations, with Marsden among them.

The petition put online less than a week ago by Colne Valley Lib Dem councillors in support of saving Marsden Fire Station, has already been signed by over 200 people.

The petition was launched by the councillors following an outpouring of concern from local residents following the announcement by West Yorkshire Fire Service that it plans to shed 200 jobs and close six stations – including Marsden.

Clr David Ridgway, who is a former chairman of the West Yorkshire Fire Authority, said: “The strength of the public’s response to the proposed closure of Marsden Fire Station clearly shows how important it is to local people.

“As far as we are concerned, the plans as they stand will put people’s lives at risk and Marsden Fire Station should be retained.

“Financial savings should never be put ahead of people’s safety and we will work with residents to oppose this closure and to get the Fire Authority to change its mind.”

Clr Nicola Turner said: “In addition to safeguarding people’s lives and properties the fire station is hugely important in the event of a moorland fire which was evident in the speed at which they responded to last year’s blaze.

“We will also be arguing for the Fire Authority to be more creative in its thinking about the fire station and its retained firefighters so it can bring in additional funding.

“For example, the firefighters could be trained as first-responder paramedics, which could bring in some funding from the NHS.

“This would be really valuable across the Colne Valley and beyond, improving response times when there is an accident or emergency in what is a more isolated area.

“We encourage all residents to sign up and show their support for their fire station.”

Retained firefighters who crew the engine at Marsden warned that shutting down the operation would add minutes to the response time to emergencies in the Marsden area, with crews having to respond from Slaithwaite or Huddersfield.

Residents can register their support for the petition by