London fire stations face axe

Plans to close 12 fire stations, with the loss of 520 jobs, will be discussed at a meeting of the London Fire Authority today.

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Meeting to discuss London fire station closures

Plans to close fire stations, with the loss of 520 jobs, will be discussed at a meeting of the London Fire Authority today.

Twelve fire stations could close in London, amid proposals to save £45 million over the next two years.

Twelve fire stations could close, with 520 jobs being cut Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

According to London fire commissioner Ron Dobson, around ten per cent of frontline firefighter posts will be cut, he added that he hoped firefighters would not take industrial action as a result.

Targets of attending an incident, six minutes for the first appliance and eight for the second, would remain the same

The Fire Brigaded Union has deemed the cuts "reckless and wrong".

Labour say their members of the fire authority will vote against proposals, which they believe will jeopardise safety.

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Boris spokesman: Fire stations will be 'more efficient'

A spokesman for mayor of London Boris Johnson insisted that the closure of 12 fire stations would not affect response times or fire cover in the capital:

It is essential that the London Fire Brigade continues to modernise so that it is equipped to respond to 21st century firefighting needs.

These proposals may mean a slightly smaller estate, but they also include bigger, more efficient and well-equipped modern stations.

Whilst it's right that tough decisions have to be made in times of economic uncertainty, the mayor is resolute that any agreed proposals will not reduce the capital's fire cover and target response times will be protected.

– Spokesman for the mayor of London

See which fire stations are affected on the ITV London site.

Fire cuts put 'safety and security of Londoners at risk'

London's fire brigade is facing a crisis. Today we found out we will lose 12 fire stations, 18 fire engines and 400 firefighters. This will reduce fire cover in London, these cuts will put the safety and security of Londoners at risk. How can cutting 12 of our fire stations be in the best interests of Londoners?

– Navin Shah, Labour's London Assembly fire spokesman

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