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Save our fire stations

Listeners to yesterday’s BBC Radio 4 Today Programme may have heard the leader of Britain’s fire-fighters, Matt Wrack, say that the Government’s proposed cuts to London’s fire service will put public safety at risk. He is absolutely right. With seventeen stations and crews facing the axe across the capital, I fear that these proposals from Boris Johnson may yet cost lives.

I am particularly concerned about plans to close Bow and Whitechapel fire stations. Tower Hamlets needs greater provision from the Fire Authority, not less. During 2011/12 we had 1,523 fires. That is more than any other borough. Some 308 of these fires took place within the home.  Tower Hamlets also had the fourth highest number of “special service” incidents – road accidents, people stuck in lifts and floods etc – during the same year.

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