Leicestershire Fire Authority has confirmed that two stations will close in the county despite opposition to the plans.
Moira and Syston fire stations will be closed, but not until replacement facilities in Castle Donington and Birstall are up and running.
Campaigners collected a 4,000-signature petition opposing the plans last year.
Deputy Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Ian Scarrott said the move would improve efficiency of the service.
Mr Scarrott said moving the location of the stations would mean crews could get to incidents quicker.
He said: "We've got some quite sophisticated planning now.
"We know where the risks are, particularly road traffic collisions in north west Leicestershire, and therefore there will be improvements if we are able to get our resources where the incidents are happening.
"[What] We're charged with doing is putting our resources and our ability to respond where the risk is."
He said that no timescale had yet been decided for the closures.