Newly-released London Fire Brigade figures show two wards in Lambeth will suffer the biggest increase in emergency response times in London, as a result of the Mayor of London’s proposals to close 12 fire stations in London. Clapham fire station is one of the 12 fire stations threatened with closure.
The new figures from the London Fire Brigade show the Mayor of London’s fire closures plan will an additional 40 wards in the capital performing outside of the 6 minute response time target including two wards in Lambeth, Clapham Town and Clapham Common.
According to the London Fire Brigade, response times (the time it takes a fire engine to reach an emergency) will rise in Clapham Common by 2.57mins and in Clapham Town by 3.57mins if the Mayor’s plans are implemented.
Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck said,
“These figures are shocking and show the Mayor of London’s fire station closure plans will mean it will take a lot longer for fire engines to get to emergencies.
‘Across Lambeth response times will rise by an average of 34 seconds and these new figures show that in Clapham Town, the Mayor’s plans will add an average of 3 minutes 57 seconds to the time it takes the first fire engine to reach an emergency.
‘Any increase in response times is unacceptable because it threatens the safety of our residents. I urge Boris Johnson to think again about the closure of Clapham Fire station.”
Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, Cllr Jack Hopkins, said,
“Anyone who is concerned about the big increases in emergency response times as a result of the closure of Clapham fire station should come along to the Fire Authority’s official public meeting on Thursday 16th May at Lambeth Town Hall. This is a vital opportunity for local people to tell Boris Johnson what they think of his proposal to close Clapham Fire station.”
Notes for editors:
1. London Fire Brigade figures show the Mayors proposals to close 12 fire stations in London will increase emergency response times in Lambeth in:
• Clapham Common (from 4.50mins to 7.47mins) a2.57mins increase
• Clapham Town (from 3.56mins to 7.53 mins) a 3.57mins increase
2. Previously the London Fire Brigade had said that overall response times will rise by an average of 34 seconds in Lambeth.
3. More on the 16th May public meeting held by the Fire Authority about the fire station closure plans-
4. More on the campaign to Save Clapham Fire station –