Downham fire station faces closure in London Fire Brigade cuts

PUBLISHED: 15:40 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:40 11 January 2013

Downham fire station, which covers areas in Bromley, has been selected as one of 12 stations facing closure as the London Fire Brigade looks to slash its budget.

The plans, if approved, will see 520 front line firefighter jobs lost in an attempt to save £45.5 million over the next two years.

Joined by others in Westminster, Woolwich and New Cross, the station could be closed as soon as this autumn.

LFB estimates there will be no compulsory redundancies, and that job losses will be through retirement or as people naturally leave.

Other cuts see certain stations losing one of their two fire engines, though Orpington fire station is one of four exceptions - set to receive an additional engine.

Rob Dobson, Commissioner of LFB, is due to meet with Fire Brigades Union next week to discuss the plans.

He said: “I think the union are likely not to like the proposals and make comments about putting safety at risk and that our attendance times will be affected but I don’t agree.

“I am bracing myself for difficult discussions but I like to think that they would recognise that like other public bodies we have a need to make savings.”

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