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Clapham Fire Station faces threat of closure

February 5, 2013

Under London Fire Brigade plans, Clapham Fire Station is in danger of closure after the revelations that 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, including the one in Clapham.

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, has been quoted as saying: "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.

A final decision about Clapham Fire Station is to be made on June 20.

“The news about the Fire Station is no great surprise considering cuts that are being made,” says Melissa De-Vall, manager at the Clapham branch of lettings agent Bushells. “However, the positive news is that the service will still keep people of Clapham safe, even if the way that is happening has to change.”


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