West Londoners urged to attend public meeting on future of fire services

People will have the chance to discuss the two proposals outlined in the public consultation.

A list of suggested stations where fire engines could be withdrawn will be discussed

West Londoners are being urged to have their say on the future of fire services at a public meeting on Monday (January 11).

Two proposals were outlined as part of a public consultation launched in December last year, on how the London Fire Brigade can save £6.4m, in response to budget cuts demanded by Mayor of London Boris Johnson for 2016/17.

The first option recommends the return of the 13 fire engines withdrawn from service including Willesden, Ealing and Chelsea, but makes the savings by having alternate crewing at fire stations, and the second option suggests the permanent removal of 13 fire engines including in Hammersmith and Ealing, using savings to reinvest in staff.

London Assembly Members Navin Shah and Murad Qureshi warned that cutting more fire engines could lead to a rise in response times across the capital.

In Brent 11 wards have seen a rise in response times in 2014/15 compared to the previous year; before Mr Johnson’s closure of 10 fire stations and scrapping of 14 fire engines.

Similarly 14 wards in Ealing have seen a rise in response times; 10 wards in Hammersmith and nine wards in Kensington and Chelsea.

Mr Shah said: “With our fire services facing uncertain times, and response times already rising significantly in Brent, it’s important that local people have their say over the future of London’s fire service.

“The mayor’s cuts mean that there are very tough decisions ahead. If you take fire engines out of service then of course response times could rise and lives could be put at risk. Nobody wants to see that happen.

“With frontline services at stake, it is hugely important that local people are given the opportunity to make their views known.”

Londoners are urged to attend the meeting which will discuss both proposals and their impact at the Conference Hall, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, at 7pm on Monday.

For people unable to attend the meeting, the first ever online meeting will be held allowing people to ask their questions between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on January 22.

For more information on this, and to have your say on the proposals, visit the LFB website.

Alternatively email your questions to consultation@london-fire.gov.uk.

The first list of stations with a fire engine currently withdrawn from service:

Town

Borough

Erith Bexley
Willesden Brent
Ealing Ealing
Shoreditch Hackney
Romford Havering
Holloway Islington
Chelsea Kensington and Chelsea
Forest Hill Lewisham
Plaistow Newham
Stratford Newham
Old Kent Road Southwark
Poplar Tower Hamlets
Wandsworth Wandsworth

The second is a list of the stations the LFB view to be the optimum ones to withdraw a fire engine from to minimise the impact on response times:

Town

Borough

West Hampstead Camden
Norbury Croydon
Ealing Ealing
East Greenwich Greenwich
Shoreditch Hackney
Hammersmith Hammersmith and Fulham
Romford Havering
Forest Hill Lewisham
Stratford Newham
Old Kent Road Southwark
Wandsworth Wandsworth
Sidcup Bexley
Hornsey Haringey

Sourc: GetwestLondon