London Fire stations at risk of closure

The Commissioner revealed that the cost of operating a fire station with one fire appliance is £1.4million per year. This means that 15 fire stations and appliances are at risk of closure this year with up to 25 next year. There are currently 112 fire stations in <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>London</place></city>.

The London Fire Brigade is facing steep cuts due to the government cutting the fire budget by 25%, this is even deeper than the 20% cut to the police’s budget.

Local Assembly Member Murad Qureshi said:

“It’s unclear whether <city w:st=”on”>Westminster</city> will be affected but with so many stations at risk and 3 stations in <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>Westminster</place></city> I fear that we will be hit.

“Today’s news confirms our worst fears, in total up to 40 fire stations are at risk of closure in the next two years, along with their fire appliances. If we lose such a large chunk of our existing fire cover it will impact on public safety.

“We understand that savings have to be made, but the level of cuts forced on the London Fire Brigade by government are truly reckless. They are cutting too far, too fast. They are hitting front-line services and putting public safety at risk.

“The mayor needs to come clean on fire brigade cuts and tell Londoners what he is planning to close.”

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Notes

1.       Murad Qureshi is a Labour London wide Assembly member.

2.       The London Assembly Plenary meeting on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority took place on Wednesday 12th September 2012 at 10am at City Hall. You can watch a recording of the session here: http://www.london.gov.uk/who-runs-london/the-london-assembly/webcasts