Volunteer firefighters upset by the upcoming closure of Bassendean fire station believe more lives will be at risk because response times will be slower.
The doors of the heritage-listed station are due to close on October 1 when the 102-year-old Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service is deregistered.
The station's career firefighters are being moved to a new station at Kiara.
Members of the volunteer brigade looked on as a petition opposing the closure, with 1100 signatures, was tabled in State Parliament yesterday.
Brigade captain Mike Smith said many of the more than 60 members would leave the service because they did not want to be relocated.
"The members are devastated that this is happening," he said. "No reason has been given."
Speaking in Parliament, Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the decision to close the station had been made by Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson and he trusted his judgment.Bassendean MP Dave Kelly said the decision was a "kick in the guts" to the volunteers.