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Downham, New Cross and Woolwich fire stations 'earmarked for closure'
DOWNHAM, New Cross and Woolwich fire stations have all been earmarked for closure according to a leaked document
The buildings are just three of 17 which could shut, costing around 600 jobs, according to the London Fire Brigade Union (FBU).
It comes as the brigade has been asked by Mayor of London Boris Johnson to save £64.8m over the next two years.
All the capital's firefighters have also been asked to consider accepting redundancy.
FBU regional secretary Paul Embery said: "These proposals present the biggest threat to the London Fire Brigade since the days of the Luftwaffe and would lead to the decimation of fire cover in London.
"The stations under threat of closure have stood proudly for generations, protecting local residents from bombs, fire and terrorism, yet Boris Johnson is about to hammer a ‘For Sale’ sign on to their front doors.
"Such a huge cut cannot be made without there being an impact on public safety, and we call on Londoners to join with us in defending our fire service.
He added: "The London Fire Brigade is a proud organisation with a fine history. But it is now facing possibly its greatest challenge.
"Its leaders must do the right thing and tell the politicians these cuts are wrong and dangerous. If they don’t do it, the FBU will."
The closures are expected to go before a meeting of the London fire authority on November 22, the union said.
A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said: “Like virtually every other public service, the brigade is facing the need to make savings.
"There is a target for these savings but the full details will not be known until at least December, when the government announces its grant to the brigade.
“We expect to be able to maintain our current target response times. No decisions about any possible fire station closures have yet been taken.
" Before they are, there will be a full public consultation.”
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