“Lives put at risk” as a result of proposed Sunderland fire station closure.

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SUNDERLAND Central fire station could close as part of a proposed £5million worth of fire service cuts.

Said to be the biggest in the history of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, 131 firefighters could lose their jobs across the service.

Six frontline fire engines– constituting 20 per cent of the fleet – also face the chop, as will an areal ladder platform.

And while two fire stations, facing closure in Newcastle and North Tyneside, would be replaced by a new combined station, there are no such plans for Sunderland.

Brigade secretary Dave Turner said: “We have made it clear in all recent discussions with senior managers that we will oppose any further cuts to frontline services.

“These are the most devastating cuts in the service’s history and will mean firefighters and the public will be at far greater risk if these cuts go ahead.

“It also means that areas of Tyne and Wear will be left without cover for extended periods, again increasing the risk to both the public and firefighters alike.”