Plans to cut fire services in the Black Country are a “significant risk” to local people, an MP has warned.
James Morris condemned West Midlands Fire Service’s plans to merge fire cover in Halesowen and Cradley Heath.
Both towns currently have their own fire station and fire engine.
But under the proposals, there will be only one fire engine based at a new “merged” station. West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority will make a decision on the plans on November 28.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Morris said the new station might simply be the existing Cradley Heath fire station.
He said: “There is a real threat that unless the Minister can intervene or the fire authority recognises that the proposals before it have not been properly thought through, my constituents will find themselves with a much-reduced service that is radically different from anything on which they have been consulted and that represents a significant risk to the community.”
Local Government Minister Robert Neill said the Government was unlikely to intervene but was not ruling anything out.
He told Mr Morris: “I urge him to continue to raise the issues with West Midlands fire authority.
“I know that he has been in regular contact with the chief officer, the chair of the authority and the other elected members, who include elected members representing the metropolitan borough in his constituency. They are rightly to be held accountable to their electorate for their decisions.”
The Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, Sandwell Councillor John Edwards, said: “The merger decision stands and is not up for reconsideration or review. It would be unfair to everyone concerned to pretend otherwise.”
He added: “We will continue to provide an effective response to fire risk in this area from a single station facility and from surrounding fire stations. Creating a single station in the Halesowen and Cradley Heath area is even more important now than it was when the decision was taken two years ago.”