MPs across the North East have been asked to join the fight to stop Sunderland Central Fire Station closing.
Dave Turner, Fire Brigade Union North East regional secretary, has sent letters to the region’s representatives in Parliament asking them to pledge their support to the campaign.
He told the Echo: “There has been some suggestion that, following a meeting of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority last week, the stations could be saved.
“But the three-year implementation plan, which includes the closure of Sunderland Central, remains on course and we want as many people as possible to be aware of this and to continue campaigning against it.”
The Echo has launched its “Hold Fire” campaign in a bid to save the station, which faces the axe due to multimillion pound Government cuts.
Under plans announced by Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, the Central station will close, leaving outlying stations in Fulwell, Farringdon and Washington to cover the city centre.
Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members say the move would put lives at risk, while bosses at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWF&RS) argue the station has been attending fewer incidents in recent years.
Mr Turner is also in the process of writing to all councillors in the region but has been disappointed by the response so far, saying that for every 100 letters he sends out, he’s lucky if he gets one response.