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
- Woolwich in Greenwich
All the stations will shut at 9:30 when the night watch officially finishes their last shifts at the stations.
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.
– James Cleverly, Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
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.