A FIREFIGHTER in charge of the 75-year-old Moira Fire Station has spoken of his sadness at its closure as more than 80 people attended a farewell ceremony.
Station commander Martin Adams said 11 people had lost their jobs after bosses at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service axed the base.
The area will instead by served by a new station in Castle Donington.
However, Mr Adams, who will stay on as caretaker at the station until October to collect his 20-year long service medal, said he believed it would be Ashby and Swadlincote Fire Stations which would provide cover.
Reverend Brenda Campbell, the station's chaplain, held a ceremony attended by between 80 and 100 people.
Mr Adams said: "A lot of them were ex-firefighters and councillors. It was a celebration of the station, which has been in place for 75 years.
"I was happy to see so many people there. There was also a man who was a firefighter here in 1949, so it was nice to fill in the blanks."
The 53-year-old said 11 people had lost their jobs as a result of the station closure, with just two being given other roles.
The station was handed a stay of execution by fire chiefs in 2010 after they agreed to plans to keep the site open until the new Castle Donington one was up and running.
Campaigners claim the closure will put lives at risk.
Mr Adams said: "(The closure) has taken the icing off the cake. It is something else we have lost.
"I understand why they are doing it because Castle Donington is right by the road network, but it isn't replacing Moira.
"It is sad for me to see it go, but the people I worked with have done me proud and I have so much confidence in them."