Campaigners fighting fire station closures claim to have unearthed a major flaw in the plans. New figures reveal that, in 40 neighbourhoods across the capital, firefighters will reach emergencies outside the official response time.
“The proposals currently out for public consultation seek to maintain our London-wide response targets, which as a London-wide fire brigade is how we plan the service we provide.
“The ward level data shows how varied response times are across the capital. As is the case now, over half of all London wards would, on average, continue to get a first response within the six minute target if the proposals are agreed. London would continue to receive a very good service, compared to other emergency services and other parts of the country."
“These figures show that some local neighbourhoods will be badlyhit by the Mayor’s fire station closures. These unnecessary closures are aresult of the Mayor’s trifling 7p a week council tax cut. A delay in responsetimes can literally mean the difference between life and death.
“Londoners still have until the 17th June to tell the Mayor what their priorities are by responding to the safety plan consultation.”