Final fire station cuts announced

The final proposed closures of London's fire stations will be announced later today. The plans to close 12 fire stations and cut 520 firefighters' jobs across the capital has been controversial during the consultation period

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List of stations still facing closure

Clapham station will remain open Credit: ITN

By making £6 million in savings from these changes, Clapham fire station and New Cross fire station will remain open.

In addition Chelsea fire station would retain two fire engines (instead of reducing by one), and East Greenwich fire station would gain an additional fire engine.

The revised plan still seeks to maintain existing response time targets of getting the first fire engine to an incident, on average, in six minutes and the second, if needed in eight minutes.

These are amongst the fastest target response times of any emergency service in the country.

The fire stations still proposed to close under the revised plan are:

1.Belsize

2.Bow

3.Clerkenwell

4.Downham

5.Kingsland

6.Knightsbridge

7.Silvertown

8.Southwark

9.Westminster

10.Woolwich

552 firefighter posts will go

552 firefighter posts will be lost Credit: ITN

The revised proposals are:

  • Close 10 fire stations, rather than 12.

  • Reduce the number of fire engines (pumping appliances) by 14, ratherthan 18.

  • Reduce the number of fire rescue units (specialist rescue vehicles) from16 to 14.

  • Reduce minimum crewing levels on fire rescue units from 5 firefighters to 4.

  • Reduce the number of firefighter posts overall by 552 instead of 520

These will be discussed by the Fire Authority on Thursday, 18 July.

2 stations saved but increased job losses

by Simon Harris
Two London stations have been saved Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two London fire stations facing closure as part of a controversial package of cuts have been saved.

Fire chiefs have come up with a revised plan following a15-week public consultation.

Clapham and New Cross fire stations will stay open.

The number of fire engines being scrapped has also been reduced. But the number of jobs being axed will increase.

The original plan to save £29 million would have seen 12 fire stations closed, 18 fire engines withdrawn and 520 jobs lost.

Instead, 10 fire stations will shut, 14 fire appliances will be scrapped and 552 jobs will go.

The brigade will also lose two of its 16 specialist rescue trucks and they will be manned four firefighters instead of five.