I joined my London Assembly Labour colleagues at Islington fire station yesterday to call on the Mayor to save our fire stations. Since launching the 999 SOS campaign in November, we have been working with Londoners who say no to cutting the services that keep us safe.
As I wrote last month, A&E units, the London Ambulance Service, the Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police are all at serious risk as a result of the Conservative-led government’s cuts. Yesterday, we focused on the threat to fire stations with a visit to one of those stations which the Fire Brigade suggests could be closed to meet £64.7m savings: Islington.
Islington Fire Station is one of three in the borough, along with Clerkenwell and Holloway, serving a highly populated area of inner London. The borough had 3,628 incidents in 2011/2012, including 722 fires attended by firefighters. We went there to point out the real-life impacts these cuts have on safety services in the capital.
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