Fire cuts consultation

Londoners will have the chance tonight to speak out on controversial plans to close 12 fire stations. A public consultation meeting is taking place at Lambeth Town Hall.

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Lambeth Council produces anti-cuts campaign video

Lambeth Council has produced a campaign video, to encourage residents to fight against the proposals to close Clapham Fire Station.

Under the plans, emergency response times will almost double in some parts of Clapham - making it the worst affected part of London.

In Clapham Common they will increase from four minutes 50 seconds to seven minutes 47 seconds.

In Clapham Town, they will increase from three minutes 56 seconds to seven minutes 53 seconds.

Boris Johnson insists that lives won't be put at risk by the station closures and the Fire Brigade has also said that London "would continue to receive a very good service, compared to other emergency services and other parts of the country."

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Fire Authority Chief: London will continue to have some of fastest response times in the world

Chair of the London Fire Authority James Cleverly said:

The London Fire Brigade currently has, and will continue to have, some of the fastest response times in the country, indeed the world. The Commissioner and his team have proposed a plan which balances our need to reduce costs whilst maintaining our ability to protect Londoners.These proposals will enable the Service to be within the six minute target across more of London’s boroughs than what is being achieved at present.

The London Safety Plan continues to prioritise fire prevention work which has helped to halve the number of fires in London over last ten years bringing them down to a 40 year low.

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Fire Brigade: London will continue to get good service

The Fire Brigade has insisted that London will continue to receive a very good service if the stations are closed.

Last week a spokesman said:

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.

Council leader: longer response times 'unacceptable'

Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck said,

These figures are shocking and show the Mayor of London's fire station closure plans will mean it will take a lot longer for fire engines to get to emergencies.

Across Lambeth response times will rise by an average of 34 seconds and these new figures show that in Clapham Town, the Mayors plans will add an average of 3 minutes 57 seconds to the time it takes the first fire engine to reach an emergency.

Any increase in response times is unacceptable because it threatens the safety of our residents.

I urge Boris Johnson to think again about the closure of Clapham Fire station.

Clapham 'worst affected' by fire cuts

Clapham Fire Station is among those threatened with closure. Credit: ITN

A consultation meeting is taking place in Lambeth tonight, on plans to close down 12 fire stations.

Clapham Fire Station is one of those threatened with closure - and Lambeth Council says that would mean fire response times doubling in some areas, making it the worst affected part of London.

Leaderof Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck said, "Newly-released London FireBrigade figures show two wards in Lambeth will suffer the biggest increase inemergency response times in London, as a result of the Mayor of London'sproposals to close 12 fire stations in London.

"The time it takes a fire engine to reach an emergency will rise by 3mins 57 seconds in Clapham Town and 2 minutes 57 seconds in Clapham Common if the Mayor's plans are implemented - it's time for Boris Johnson to think again."

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