Final fire station cuts announced

The final proposed closures of London's fire stations will be announced later today. The plans to close 12 fire stations and cut 520 firefighters' jobs across the capital has been controversial during the consultation period

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2 stations saved but increased job losses

Two London stations have been saved Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two London fire stations facing closure as part of a controversial package of cuts have been saved.

Fire chiefs have come up with a revised plan following a15-week public consultation.

Clapham and New Cross fire stations will stay open.

The number of fire engines being scrapped has also been reduced. But the number of jobs being axed will increase.

The original plan to save £29 million would have seen 12 fire stations closed, 18 fire engines withdrawn and 520 jobs lost.

Instead, 10 fire stations will shut, 14 fire appliances will be scrapped and 552 jobs will go.

The brigade will also lose two of its 16 specialist rescue trucks and they will be manned four firefighters instead of five.

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