AN MP claimed the decision to axe one of Batley's two fire engines could have dire consequences for local people.
Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood criticised Tory and Liberal Democrat councillors on the West Yorkshire Fire Authority who voted to remove one engine.
He said this was in spite of concerns about the way the consultation exercise had been conducted and the accuracy of the data being used to justify closure.
Mr Wood said the decision would have a drastic impact upon his constituents.
He said: "This cut will have an enormous impact on people in Batley and also on the Spen Valley, which often relies on crews from Batley, particularly when crews from Cleckheaton are required on the motorway.
"Batley fire station is a victim of a political game being played out by councillors from across West Yorkshire."
Mr Wood, who pressed for a public meeting in Batley to discuss the plans, said it did not receive adequate publicity and therefore had a poor attendance from the public.
He added: "The sad irony is that this decision comes a fortnight after the hugely successful Batley Fire Safety Day.
"This is a kick in the teeth for the service personnel who work so hard, whether it's promoting prevention or fighting fires."