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FIREFIGHTERS concerned a plan to close four fire stations across the county are due to stage a demonstration ahead of a meeting about the issue today.

Members of South Yorkshire Fire Authority are due to meet at 10am today to discuss a plan to close stations, reduce the number of appliances on the roads and change the hours some crews work.

Fire chiefs have drawn up the plans in response to Government funding cuts, which could see the county’s fire service have its budget reduced by £10 million over the next few years.

They want to close Mansfield Road and Darnall fire stations in Sheffield along with the city’s retained station in Mosborough and one in Royston.

Two new stations would be built in Sheffield - one near The Parkway and the other in Birley.

If the plans get the go-ahead 140 firefighter posts will go - 32 retained firefighters and other 102 full-time posts which would not be filled when employees retire.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union, which objects to the plans, are due to gather on Regent Street in Barnsley, where the meeting its to be held, to lobby Fire Authority members arriving for the meeting.