Lives will be lost if a town's community ambulance hub is shut, a former paramedic's told the BBC.
West Midlands Ambulance Service wants to remove the response base in Cheadle, Staffordshire, by the end of March.
Instead, it wants to convert the rapid response vehicle there into an ambulance as it says the current vehicle only attends 2.2% of calls in the area.
But former paramedic Carole Winning told BBC Radio Stoke she believes lives are at stake: "They're saying they'll have an ambulance here but they won't because they're so busy, they'll never get here."
Cheadle Town Councillor Dave Sargeant said it would take longer for ambulances to respond: "You've got areas like Whiston, Ipstones, Foxt. These are difficult places to get to and, if you think of somebody coming from Newcastle to Cheadle, a minimum time to get here, it's going to be 25 minutes."
The ambulance service said it believed the move would save money and would not change the level of ambulance cover in the area, "if anything, this will increase over the coming months".
Your weather: Much colder and clearer than of late
Data used to justify the temporary closure of two Herefordshire minor injury units was "unhelpful", the managing director of the Wye Valley NHS Trust has accepted.
The units in Ross-on-Wye and Leominster were closed at the start of November, so that staff could be diverted to Hereford County Hospital over the winter months and the trust produced statistics to say the units were only being visited by 1.6 patients an hour.
But, appearing before Herefordshire councillors, Jane Ives confirmed that figure had been reached by taking the annual attendances and then dividing them up on the basis the units were open for 52 weeks a year, when in reality it is less than that.
Ms Ives said she would be happy to send accurate figures to councillors.
This is, I’m a afraid, pretty shoddy maths. To divide the number of attendants by 52 weeks when the MIU are manifestly not open for 52 weeks, probably more like 38 or 40, creates a completely false statistic."
Businesses in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire are being invited to bid for grants of up to £150,000.
The money is partly from the European Regional Development Fund and companies can ask for money to pay for new buildings, extensions, renovations or repairs, as long as they pay half the costs themselves.
Shops and farming companies are exempt, however, and companies can't apply for retrospective funding for work they've already carried out.
Successful applicants will also have to prove the investment creates at least one full-time job within four months of the work's completion.
Funding is not affected by Brexit.
Flood alerts as more rain is forecast
We're seeing a number of flood alerts in the West Midlands, affecting the rivers Severn, Tern, Perry, Sow, Penk, Lugg, Avon, Swift, Leam and Frome.
This photo was taken by a West Mercia Police officer on the A4110 between Wigmore and Adforton this morning. The Environment Agency has warned about flash flooding on roads.
Gusty winds and heavy rain are forecast for parts of the region tonight and the Environment Agency says it expects river levels to remain high.
Storm Brendan: Flash flooding 'inevitable'
Flash flooding is "inevitable" with heavy rain and winds forecast across the West Midlands later, the Environment Agency has said.
A yellow warning for wind is in place from 12:00 until midnight.
The hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford saw the lowest percentage within this timescale, just 60.5%, but they were closely followed by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, which reported a figure of 62.8% last month - down from 73.5% the previous December.
The government asks for 95% of patients at A&E departments to be seen within four hours, but the average for England is 79.8%.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Wye Valley NHS Trust also saw the percentage of patients seen within four hours fall, to 66.7% and 67.3% respectively.
The Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust reported a fall from 86.7% in December 2018 to 74.2% last month.
Ambulance bosses have ordered crews to avoid taking care home residents in Worcestershire and Shropshire to local hospitals unless it is an absolute emergency because of the "extreme difficulties" being experienced.
Tomorrow morning will be mainly dry but rain will spread in from the west by the afternoon.
Ambulance crews handed A&E rule over care homes
West Midlands Ambulance Service has directed its staff not to take patients living in nursing and care homes to A&E without first seeking the approval of the control room - unless the patient's condition is life-threatening.
The service is trying to reduce A&E waits and has a department within the control room dedicated to finding alternatives to emergency transfers.
In Shropshire, the number of ambulances kept waiting outside an A&E for more than three hours rose from 34 in 2018 to 152 last year.
One thousand new council homes could be built in Herefordshire as part of plans to create "affordable" and "sustainable" homes in the county's bigger villages and market towns.
The council says up to £100m could be spent on the scheme - the first such large-scale project in the county in more than 50 years.
Finance and Corporate Services cabinet member Liz Harvey says some of the £38m which came from the controversial selling-off of council farms in 2017 will be used to fund the plans.
Herefordshire Council sold its farm holdings, so that's been a major capital receipt to the council and I'd like to see that money converted into a different sort of capital asset that is meaningful to local people."
Weather: A cold but dry start to the new year
BBC Midlands Today
Going out to see in the new year? The good news is it should be a mainly dry night.
Here's your weather forecast:
Ambulance service expecting a busy New Year's Eve
West Midlands Ambulance Service is drafting in extra staff to deal with an expected increase in call-outs tonight.
The main spike is usually seen withing 15 minutes of the New Year - and most incidents are alcohol related.
Last year, WMAS received 2,140 calls between 19:00 on New Year’s Eve and 06:00 on New Year’s Day.
Weather: A dry end to the year
Kate Forster, BBC Weather
We're expecting a dry evening for New Year's Eve celebrations and it should remain dry tomorrow too.