A secret document has been discovered by BBC reporters that details arrangements for closing 17 fire stations in London. This is too help cut the LFB budget by £65 million in the next two years.
These and other money-saving plans to make these huge savings will be discussed at London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority meeting next month.
The suggested cuts are set against the backdrop of LFB reporting that fires in the London are at their lowest levels since 1966, and in the last decade fire calls and false alarms have dropped nationally by 312,000 calls.
Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, James Cleverly, said: “What we’re looking to do, as part of our budget saving process, is to go to a slightly smaller number of on average larger and more modern fire stations, and that will enable us to maintain our attendance times and keep Londoners safe.”
FBU regional secretary for London, Paul Embery, said: “These proposals present the biggest threat to the London Fire Brigade since the days of the Luftwaffe and would lead to the decimation of fire cover in London. The stations under threat of closure have stood proudly for generations, protecting local residents from bombs, fire and terrorism, yet Boris Johnson is about to hammer a ‘For Sale’ sign on to their front doors.
“We do not believe that cuts of this scale can be achieved without there being an impact on public safety, and we call on Londoners to join with us in defending our fire service.”
The fire stations that face closure are Acton, Belsize, Bow, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Downham, Islington, Kensington, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, New Cross, Peckham, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminster, Whitechapel, Woolwich.
City Fire Training have always commended the work of fire fighters from London Fire Brigade and other fire services. However, recognition is required for other organisations that have helped bring about the reduction of fatal fires over the last decade, the drop in fire calls and fires. This has been achieved by comprehensive reforms in fire risk assessment, fire safety training and other workplace fire safety drives, as well as sterling work from a number of organisation promoting community fire safety.