Ten fire stations close across London to cut costs

Protests are being held outside the country's oldest fire station today to mark the closure of 10 stations in London under plans to make millions of pounds of savings.

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Protests as fire station close doors for the last time

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FBU protest outside Clerkenwell Fire station as the doors close for the last time. @itvlondon http://t.co/8COZvADblP

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Londoners will 'still receive fast service' despite cuts

The London Fire Brigade says that Londoners can still expect to receive the fastest emergency response in the capital despite the closure of ten fire stations.

The stations which will close are:

  • 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

All the stations will shut at 9:30 when the night watch officially finishes their last shifts at the stations.

Read: Council loses court battle to save fire stations

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10 fire stations to close across London

Tenfire station in London will close a 9:30am, as the London Fire and EmergencyPlanning Authority closes bases in an attempt to save £29 million.

Londoners will continue to receive one of the fastest emergency response times in the world from the London Fire Brigade. If you dial 999 and need a fire engine, we still aim to have one with you within six minutes and a second, if needed,within eight.

The Brigade is faced with significant budget cuts which mean that changes to the service are inevitable and we are able to make those changes without compulsory redundancies.

– James Cleverly, Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
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