A leading councillor has hinted that Warsop Fire Station will remain open, but lives could be put at risk at Mansfield as a result.
Coun John Allin, who sits on Nottinghamshire County Council, as well Warsop Parish Council, said that it was ‘looking favourable’ that the town’s station will remain open.
An overhaul of the county’s fire services has been under close scrutiny in recent months and a 12-week consultation was launched.
Among the proposals was to close Warsop Fire Station, and to permanently lose the retained pump at Mansfield’s Rosemary Street Station.
Coun Allin said his gut feeling was that Warsop would remain open, but only if Mansfield’s loses its retained engine, leaving it with only one full-time pump.
Nottinghamshire Fire Brigades Union chiefs have warned that lives will be at risk if there are cuts to frontline services.
Speaking at a Warsop Parish Council meeting, Coun Allin said: “I have been talking to all of the members of the fire authority, and when I put it to them they talked in favour (of keeping Warsop open).
“I’m not saying we will keep The station open, but there’s a good chance. It’s looking favourable.”
The final decision on cuts is set to be made by the Nottinghamshire Fire Authority this Friday as they look to shave millions from its budget.
It is not the first time that Warsop has faced closure, after it was proposed in 2010.
Locals campaigned to halt the plans which were eventually scrapped.
Closing Warsop’s station would save £175,000.