Fire authority rejects cuts

London’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) has voted against proposals for the closure of ten fire stations, the loss of fourteen fire engines and of 552 firefighter jobs.

Fire authority rejects Mayor’s plan to cut services

London’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) has voted against proposals for the closure of ten fire stations, the loss of fourteen fire engines and of 552 firefighter jobs.

Assembly member Darren Johnson commented:

The fire authority’s decision today to reject this completely unnecessary fire cuts package sends a clear message to the Mayor of London – re-assess your budget priorities and halt these dangerous proposals now.

Through the public consultation, Londoners made it very clear that, rather than getting a trifling 7p-per-week council tax cut, they want their life-saving public services to remain intact. Government cuts are harsh but the Mayor is making a bad situation worse by insisting on council tax cuts too.

If these closures go ahead more than half of London’s households will fall outside target response times and that is a scenario both Londoners and the fire authority reject totally.

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Boris Johnson to try 'overrule' fire authority decision

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LFEPA chair James Cleverly says opposition has "heads in sands" mentality claiming amendment will cost £7m. @itvlondon

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Johnson will now consider a Mayoral Direction to over-rule the fire authority. @itvlondon

London Fire Brigade Union report cuts 'rejected'

The London Fire Brigade Union has reported that proposals over cuts to services have been "rejected", according to their Twitter feed.

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BREAKING NEWS: London fire authority has voted to REJECT frontline fire cuts. Commissioner's/Mayor's proposals fall. The right decision!

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Authority votes 9-8 against cuts. Only Tory group supported.

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London fire stations proposed for closure

The London Fire Authority will vote today on whether to accept the closure of 10 fire stations, cut 14 fire engines and 552 jobs to make savings of £28.8 million over the next two years.

Here are which stations are affected:

  • Belsize in Camden
  • Bow in Tower Hamlets
  • Clerkenwell in Islington
  • Downham in Lewisham
  • Kingsland in Hackney
  • Knightsbridge in Kensington and Chelsea
  • Silvertown in Newham
  • Southwark
  • Westminster
  • Woolwich in Greenwich

Firefighters due to stage protest over service cuts

Firefighters are due to stage a demonstration. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive

Firefighters are due to stage a demonstration outside a meeting set to discuss controversial plans to close stations and cut jobs in London.

The London Fire Authority will vote on whether to accept the closure of 10 fire stations, cut 14 fire engines and 552 jobs to make savings of £28.8 million over the next two years.

The plan was revised following public consultations, with two stations removed from the closure proposals.

Firefighters to use Mini Coopers in new budget plan

Firefighters will be sent out to answer emergency calls in Mini Coopers under new plans by the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade aimed at plugging holes in the service’s budget, according to the Camden New Journal.

Firefighters to use Mini Coopers in new budget plan. Credit: Chris Young/PA Archive/

The scheme, which has drawn immediate comparisons with the impossible manoeuvres made by the small cars in classic British movie The Italian Job, would begin in Camden and Westminster.

Last night, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said they would only be of use in very small fires.

Authorities to decide on station closures and job losses

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will make their decision on revised proposals for the Draft Fifth London Safety Plan today.

Under the revised plan, 10 fire stations would be closed instead of the previously suggested 12 stations, while 14 fire engines would be cut instead of 18.

Minimum crewing levels on fire rescue units would drop from five to four people and there would be a reduction of 552 in the number of firefighter posts.