We successfully fought the Mayor’s plans to close Clapham Fire Station, but 10 fire stations elsewhere in London will close their doors today.
The Mayor’s cuts will lead to significantly increased response times to incidents across London. In some areas it will now take nearly two minutes longer for a fire engine to arrive on scene. Every second counts and the recent theatre collapse in Soho demonstrates the importance of maintaining current provision. Three of the eight appliances that attended the incident will be cut.
Demonstrations were held this morning at Clerkenwell (Islington), Belsize (Camden), Kingsland (Hackney), Southwark, Bow (Tower Hamlets), Downham (Lewisham) and Woolwich (Greenwich)
The Mayor’s plans originally included over 18 fire stations and 32 fire engines. As a result of efforts working with community groups, residents and the Fire Brigades Union, the cuts have been reduced considerably and Boris Johnson has been forced to commit to protecting the Fire Brigade budget for the remainder of his term.
The 999 SOS campaign now moves to a new phase and we will be monitoring the impact of the cuts to London’s emergency services. Please get in touch with Labour AM Fiona Twycross on firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know of any examples of the impact of the cuts locally so we can hold Boris Johnson to account for his failure to stand up for Londoners.