The West Midlands Fire Authority is trying to close down the region’s only retained fire station. The station, at Sedgley, is the most cost-effective in the region and deals with 800 calls a year.
An impressive community campaign is being organised by local activists, supported by the FBU union nationally and locally and helped by Dudley North Labour MP Ian Austin and local Labour councillors.
At a recent public meeting, fire service management were unable to answer basic questions on call-out times and the future use of appliances to attend incidents.
This only helped to convince campaign members to oppose any reduction in the service.
The campaign has collected 6,000 signatures on petitions and is planning to lobby the next fire authority meeting. Local trade unions are being approached for their support.