London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has voted to approve the final version of the draft fifth London Safety Plan (LSP5).
The Authority needs to meet budget savings of £45 million over the next two years and the measures in the Plan, which set out how the Brigade will work over the next three years, will meet £29 million of those savings.
At a meeting of Authority members this afternoon (Thursday 12 September), Chairman James Cleverly used his casting vote to ‘approve the final version of the fifth London Safety Plan’ after eight members voted for the proposals, eight voted against and one member abstained.
In summary the Plan (which was revised and presented on 18 July) includes:
The closure of 10 fire stations
Reducing the number of fire engines (pumping appliances) by 14
Reducing the number of fire rescue units (specialist rescue vehicles) from 16 to14
Reducing minimum crewing levels on fire rescue units from 5 firefighters to 4
Reducing the number of firefighter posts
To introduce alternate crewing arrangements at some stations
To reduce the number of station and group managers to a total of 256, and then ultimately a further reduction to 200
The implementation date proposed for the measures in LSP5 is Thursday, 9 January 2014
They say that deaths from fire have reduced, but surely that's because, with adequate fire cover, fire crews are able to get to a fire and prioritise human life and pull people out before they're overcome by smoke. I'd like to know exactly how many people have had to be rescued by fire crews in the past few years.
If these closures are allowed to go ahead, then lives will be lost and the number of deaths from fires will increase.
When that happens, it will be too late to say 'we told you so'
Anybody who is concerned about the Mayor’s decision to close down Southwark Fire Station and sell off the land (without those profits being distributed back to emergency services cover), please do join me and some fellow Londoners tomorrow
6.15 p.m. at 29.10., ULU Bldg MaletSt WC1E 7HY
Most of us are completely independent politically or not connected to unions. We are worried about the real future response times not being published. We do not want to burn to death or suffocate because the rescue service will be downgraded to recovery only – maybe totally privatised.
Please feel free to come and spread the word.