Downham fire station remains set to close as London Fire Brigade reveal revised cuts

PUBLISHED: 10:01 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:40 15 July 2013

Downham fire station, which serves areas of Bromley, is still set to close after the London Fire Commissioner published revised proposals to cut 552 jobs across the capital yesterday.

A total of 10 stations will close under the revised plans, aiming to make savings of £28.8million over the next two years.

The original draft released in January proposed 12 station closures, however a decision has been made to save Clapham and New Cross.

Joining Downham on the list of closures are Belsize, Bow, Clerkenwell, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminster and Woolwich.

The number of fire engines across the capital is also set to drop, though Orpington is one of four exceptions and will receive an additional vehicle.

It is thought there will be no compulsory redundancies, and that job losses will be through retirement or as people naturally leave.

Publication of the new proposals follows a 15 week consultation, which saw more than 2,000 people respond and around 1,300 people attend public meetings in every London borough.

London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said: “We have to acknowledge that the number of fires we attend has gone down by half in the last ten years, and our latest figures show that fires continued to fall at the same rate last year.

“Under my revised proposals response times in London will remain amongst the very best of any emergency service in the UK and firefighters will continue to carry out community safety work to prevent fires at the same level as they do now.

“Fire stations and fire engines do not stop fires happening - proactive prevention work does.”

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