The Opposition MLA said: “It is extremely worrying that the fires service needs £15 million annually to function but is only to receive £4 million in the new budget.
“Alarm bells should be ringing in the Department of Finance. This potential underfunding could be disastrous.
“It is staggering that 26 stations are not fit for purpose. This situation can only be addressed with more funding. Unfortunately this cash does not seem to be forthcoming.
“Our firefighters put their lives at risk on a daily basis to protect the local population. They very least they deserve is the equipment and support they need to help them do best possible job.”