London, England – A news story has been floating around with the scene of a two firefighting hugging, saying their good-byes with the title in large letters that read about closing stations and firefighters losing their jobs. The article goes on to say that they are cutting 552 jobs.
So, we went on a hunting trip to see just what was going on in the great land of London and how firefighters lives would be forever changing.
First, we learned that yes, they are closing stations – however, they are no planned layoffs or firings according first hand information received from the London Fire Brigade’s Communication Officer Robert McTaggart. “
According to a press release received “The Brigade is faced with significant budge cuts which means that changes to the service are inevitable and we are able to make those changes without cupulsory redundancies. The firefighters based at the stations closing will now transfer to other stations and continue the excellent work they do to prevent fires, which is vital in changing the behaviours that start fires in the first place.”
Members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) voted to approve the London Safety Plan on September 12, 2013.
Prior to the closures, the Brigade had 169 Fire Engines and 112 Fire Stations. The Number of Fire engines will be reduced by 14, meaning London will have 155 fire engines and 102 Fire Stations.
Fire Stations located in Belsize, Bow Clerkenwell, Downham, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminister and Woodwich will close.
Second fire engines will be removed from Chingford, Clapham, Hayes, Leyton, Leytonstone, Peckham and Whitechapel; while other Fire stations will receive second fire engines at East Greenwich, Heindon, Orpington, Stanmore and Twickenham.
Fire rescue units (specialist rescue vehicles) will be reduce from 16 to 14; from Hornchurch and Millwall.
Firefighters will be reduced from five to four on each crew rig. The reduction in the number of firefighter posts will be from those who decide to retire or from quitting.
These stations are due to close on midnight Thursday of this week.
“Brigade will remain world-class and Londoners will still be safe”, says Authority Chief, ahead of station closures.
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