Ross Kemp in dramatic warning against London fire service cuts

Unfortunately the Stations were closed. I wanted to leave this here so we can always remember because we will never forget.

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Stop the proposed closures of 10 fire stations, with the associated loss of 552 firefighter jobs,14 engines and 2 Fire Rescue Units.
Why is this important?

Boris Johnson wants to cut £45 million over two years from the fire service. That’s £5 extra council tax per household per year, but the effect on the fire service will be huge. The London Fire Brigade will be decimated.

We will lose Belsize, Bow, Clerkenwell, Downham, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminster and Woolwich Fire Stations.

Westminster for example will lose its 107 year old fire station – and use Lambeth’s instead, over the river. Is it fair that Lambeth taxpayers fund a service used by Westminster? And that world heritage sites, like Westminster Abbey, and taxpayers are left without emergency protection, with only two bridges into Westminster from Lambeth?

Five of the ten faced with closure are Grade 2 listed buildings. And a 6th is just behind Harrods. Others, like Kingsland, are located in areas where property values are rising dramatically (due to to projects like Crossrail). This isn’t about saving money, it’s flogging the family silver to gain a one-off windfall. Southwark Fire Station alone was valued at £10 million in 2010.

And once they’re gone, being Grade 2 listed buildings in prime locations, taxpayers will never be able to get them back. We won’t be able to afford them.

And we can’t afford to lose them either. Firefighters do more than fight fires. They educate us (and save lives as a result). They assess risks in our homes (for free).They’re the one’s who’ll cut you out of your car when you have an accident. They are our first response when terrorists attack. They rush in to the underground when smoke is pouring out. They have an arson investigation unit. They do voluntary work within the community. They train locally and have local knowledge, like learning where the disabled live or knowing their way around housing estates; this will be lost through the closures. Response times will increase and insurance premiums will increase due to the reduced fire coverage.

And all to save the price of a few cups of coffee.

Our communities will be poorer and more vulnerable if we lose these fire stations. We can’t let that happen.

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