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Fire Brigade consultation set for Bromley as response times could rise

PUBLISHED: 10:27 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:27 15 May 2013

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will hold a public consultation in Bromley next week to discuss the proposed closure of 12 fire stations across the capital.

Central Library, in High Street, will host the public meeting on May 23 - with residents from Bexley and Croydon also invited to attend.

The Draft Fifth London Safety Plan was launched at the beginning of March and will see 18 fire engines cut, as well as 520 firefighters lose their job if it goes ahead.

Last week, The London Fire Brigade released details of increased response times in Bromley.

Plaistow and Sundridge will see an increase of 33 seconds, from 5.33 minutes to 6.06 minutes. Mottingham and Chislehurst North will also see a 38 second increase.

London Assembley member, Len Duvall, said: “It is vital that residents take part in this consultation about the proposal to close 12 fire stations in London and make sure that their voice is heard. We believe that the mayor is cutting too far, too fast and is hitting the frontline.

“The increases in response times in Bromley show how flawed the mayor’s Draft Fire Plan is. The borough response times in the London Safety Plan hide these ward increases, which are disgraceful.”

A spokesperson from the London Fire Brigade said: “The proposals currently out for public consultation seek to maintain our London-wide response targets, which as a London-wide fire brigade is how we plan the service we provide.

“The ward level data shows how varied response times are across the capital. As is the case now, over half of all London wards would, on average, continue to get a first response within the six minute target if the proposals are agreed. London would continue to receive a very good service, compared to other emergency services and other parts of the country.”

Residents can contribute to the consultation online, for more details visit london-fire.gov.uk/lsp5.

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