London Fire Brigade announcement on station closures

London Fire Brigade has published its Draft Fifth London Safety Plan which outlines how it will "continue to keep Londoners safe over the next three years". Included are details of how it proposes to make savings worth £28.8m over the next two years while maintaining existing response time targets.

The proposals would see 12 fire stations close, seven fire stations that currently have two fire engines moving to one fire engine, and four stations gaining a fire engine:

  • Belsize – Close
  • Bow – Close
  • Clapham – Close
  • Clerkenwell – Close
  • Downham – Close
  • Kingsland – Close
  • Knightsbridge – Close
  • New Cross – Close
  • Silvertown – Close
  • Southwark – Close
  • Westminster – Close
  • Woolwich – Close
  • Chelsea – Two fire engines to one
  • Chingford – 2 to 1
  • Hayes – 2 to 1
  • Leyton – 2 to 1
  • Leytonstone – 2 to 1
  • Peckham – 2 to 1
  • Whitechapel – 2 to 1
  • Hendon – One fire engine to two
  • Orpington – 1 to 2
  • Stanmore – 1 to 2
  • Twickenham – 1 to 2

“Like virtually every other public service, the Brigade needs to make savings. In the last four years, we have cut £52m without reducing frontline services. Additional savings cannot be found without making significant changes to how we keep London safe. In the last decade, demand for the Brigade’s service has changed dramatically and it’s time to reflect that in how our fire stations,engines and staff are organised."

– Ron Dobson, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade

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