Commenting on the launch of the London Fire Brigade consultation on potential further cuts to fire engines in the capital, Labour’s London Assembly Fire Spokesperson, Fiona Twycross AM said:
“Boris Johnson’s decision to cut the London Fire Brigade means tough choices lay ahead, but it’s obvious we should be doing everything we can to avoid losing even more fire engines in the capital.
“There are two options on the table, either scrap a further 13 fire engines, or make changes to the way engines are crewed, allowing one crew to run different types of fire appliance to ensure all of the Fire Brigade’s current engines are able to stay in service. I urge Londoners to make their voice heard in this consultation.
“The Mayor’s last round of cuts saw 10 fire stations closed and 14 fire engines axed and resulted in significant increases in response times. Scrapping yet more fire engines is a step too far and could put public safety at risk.”