Boris Johnson’s cuts to the London Fire Brigade will take effect after the end of the night shift this Thursday morning (9 January) with fire stations closing at 9.00 am. Across London 10 fire stations, 14 fire engines and 552 firefighters will be axed.
A number of demonstrations will take place from 8.30 am on Thursday morning opposing Boris’ Johnson’s cuts to the London Fire Brigade. These will also give us the opportunity to thank the firefighters at stations that are closing for the work they do protecting our local communities.
There are demonstrations planned at Clerkenwell (Islington), Belsize (Camden), Kingsland (Hackney), Southwark, Bow (Tower Hamlets), Downham (Lewisham) and Woolwich (Greenwich). All those who would like to join in are encouraged to come along so please encourage your friends, family and neighbours to join in. You don’t need to bring along a placard, but doing so will allow you to make your feelings known! The addresses of all fire stations involved are below.
The Mayor’s cuts will lead to significantly increased response times to incidents across London. In some areas it will now take nearly two minutes longer for a fire engine to arrive on scene, every second counts. The recent theatre collapse in Soho demonstrates the importance of maintaining current provision, three of the eight appliances that attended the incident will be cut.
Thank you to all members who have taken part in the 999 SOS campaign. It is sometimes easy to feel that nothing we do in the face of the current cuts to our emergency services can make a difference. However, let’s remember that the Mayor’s plans originally included over 18 fire stations and 32 fire engines. As a result of your efforts working with community groups, residents and the Fire Brigades Union, the cuts have been reduced considerably and Boris Johnson has been forced to commit to protecting the Fire Brigade budget for the remainder of his term.
The 999 SOS campaign now moves to a new phase and we will be monitoring the impact of the cuts to London’s emergency services. Please do get in touch to let me know of any examples of the impact of the cuts locally so we can hold Boris Johnson to account for his failure to stand up for Londoners.
Fiona Twycross AM
Labour, Londonwide Assembly Member
Addresss for fire stations where demonstrations are taking place at 8.30 am on Thursday 9 January
- Belsize: 36 Lancaster Grove, NW3 4PB
- Bow: 64 Parnell Road, E3 2RU
- Clerkenwell: 44-44 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RN
- Downham: 260 Reigate Road, BR1 5JN
- Kingsland: 333 Kingsland Road, E8 4DR
- Southwark: 94 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0EG
- Woolwich: 24 Sunbury Street, Woolwich, SE18 5LU