Clapham Fire Station faces closure under London Fire Brigade plans

Wandsworth Guardian: Clapham Fire Station faces closure under London Fire Brigade plans Clapham Fire Station faces closure under London Fire Brigade plans

Clapham Fire Station faces closure after the London Fire Brigade (LFB) revealed they need to make £28.8m savings.

A total of 12 fire stations across the capital have been earmarked for closure in the Draft Fifth London Safety Plan published today.

It comes despite firefighters based at the station, located in Old Town, Clapham, launching a campaign and petition last year in a bid to save it from closure.

Seven fire stations will have their fire engines reduced to one, while four stations will gain a fire engine.

Despite the proposals the service is aiming to maintain its existing average target of a six minute response to an emergency.

The draft plan also sets out ways to avoid persistent false alarm offenders, set up sprinkler systems and explore the possibility of a 999 Twitter feed.

Ron Dobson, commissioner of the LFB, said: "Like virtually every other public service, the Brigade needs to make savings.

"In the last four years, we have cut £52m without reducing frontline services. Additional savings cannot be found without making significant changes to how we keep London safe.

"In the last decade, demand for the Brigade’s service has changed dramatically and it’s time to reflect that in how our fire stations, engines and staff are organised."

Members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will discuss the plan on January 21, while a final decision is to be made on June 20.

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