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A petition with more than 40,000 signatures opposed to the proposed cuts to Cumbria's Fire Service has been handed in today.
Cumbria County Council have made proposals to cut fire engines from stations at Barrow, Penrith, Kendal, Whitehaven, Maryport, Dalton and Workington.
The plans are being consulted on in a bid to save £24m from the council's budget. The Fire Brigades Union has said the move would risk lives.
The consultation into the future of five fire engines in Cumbria ends today.
Cumbria County Council may cut a second fire engine from stations in Penrith, Carlisle, Workington, Whitehaven and Maryport.
They have been asking the public for their views.
On Saturday there was a rally in Penrith against the proposals
Hundreds of people marched through Penrith to urge Cumbria County Councillors to vote against restructuring 5 Cumbrian fire stations. Under plans, Penrith, Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport and Kendal would lose 1 of 2 fire engines.
Firefighters protesting in Penrith say "lives could be put at risk" if plans to axe one of the town's fire engines goes ahead.
"Both our appliances were in Carlisle at a warehouse fire. In order to attend that, Patterdale had to come up to deal with an incident at Rheged. This morning Kendal have been out - if their second pump was not there who would cover the area?"
- Dawn Coates, Retained Fire Fighter in Penrith.
Retained firefighters from Penrith are marching through the town on Saturday protesting about plans to cut one of their fire engines. Cumbria County Council says the proposals are based on evidence, not financial savings.