Save our Fire stations

Just in case you have not heard this before in the local news.

Ten London fire stations are due to be closed by the Mayor on 9th January 2014.

Kensington Mums is calling out our troop of Mums and Mummy bloggers to stop the proposed closures of 10 fire stations.  This affects all of us in our homes, schools, offices.  Going out, travelling around or through London.  The London Fire Brigade does not just put out fires, they rescue mums stuck in lifts, children locked in flats, they assess your homes and learn where children and the disabled live to help save lives should a fire break out.  They saw people out of car smashes when ambulances are waiting, they evacuate your families for gas leaks, they deal with chemical spillages, floods after storms and they put out house fires.

Please click here to read more and sign the petition. .  One of the Mums, attended the public consultation meeting in Westminster and raised the issue that fire fighters also prevent fires through educational visits to schools and universities.  She stated that the focus on incidence of fires being down was a red herring.  The Commissioner, Ron Dobson said exactly this: “Ensure your school has sprinklers.”  Please do get involved for the safety of our kids, for the safety of our family and friends and for the safety of our community.

Our communities will be poorer and more vulnerable if we lose these fire stations. We can’t let that happen.

Watch this 3 minute film campaign on  ‘EVERY SECOND COUNTS’ and read about the supporting evidence. A few minutes make the difference between life and death. There is also this video up on youtube in which firefighters explain why, and talk about the added danger in London of 10 fire stations being closed down.

Bottom line: We need to feel safe in our local community.

 

If you would like to put a stop to the closures, it’s best that you sign the petition and email your ward councillors (you can look them up here just a few clicks after entering your post code) email your MP (look up your MP here, just enter your postcode) and your representative in the Greater London Assembly (use this tool to find your borough and representative, find their name, Google it and you will get their email address).  If our representatives receive enough emails and phone calls (if you are able) they will listen and they will put a stop to this and families can continue to benefit from the excellent service of the London Fire Brigade.   Then please include a cc to savelondonfirestations10@gmail.com (part of the Save London Fire Stations 10 campaign). They will monitor responses and act as proof of receipt.

Once you click on the email form, you could copy and paste this bit in it and edit it as you like:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing as a resident of _____/ worker in _____ /

I am writing to express my strong opposition to the sale of London fire stations.  I do not believe the risk assessment to be accurate nor has anyone explained where the proceeds from the sale and/or lease of the lands will be directed.  I trust that you will share my concerns and work to find an alternate solution since there are several available, ideally a £5 annual council tax increase to save this essential service.

If you are not aware, fire stations in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Southwark, Camden, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Lewisham, Newham, Hackney and Greenwich will be sold.   There is a distinct lack of clarity on how the proceeds from the sale will be used.  The Mayor alleges that he is trying to save £28.8 million this year by cutting this essential service; but the sale of Southwark Fire Station alone would net £9 million.  Most recently on twitter, James Cleverly, the Chair of LFEPA, stated that the proceeds would not go to the LFB which means that they can be siphoned off and used elsewhere; perhaps slick retro buses or expanding the bicycle utopia, carrying the branding of another bank?  £386 million over three years on bikes, but allegedly we cannot fund ten fire stations?

The London Fire Brigade does not just put out fires, they rescue mums stuck in lifts, children locked in flats, they assess your homes and learn where children and the disabled live to help save lives should a fire break out.  They saw people out of car smashes when ambulances are waiting, they evacuate your families for gas leaks, they deal with chemical spillages, floods after storms and they put out house fires.

If the City of London cannot fund its fire stations, then what other services are in the pipeline to be asset stripped and where does the rest of the country stand for their essential services?

The fire brigade will be funded with a £5 annual council tax increase.  If you are a property owner, once the fire stations close, your insurance premium increases will be higher than your council tax increase.

 

If you are inclined, please share this email, Tweet the link, share on Facebook, take email addresses at the school gate and spread the word – but most importantly, WRITE TO THEM, they do listen.