Jan 13 2013 By Jack Griffith
HAYES fire station is in line to lose one of its two fire engines, but no stations in Hillingdon are proposed for closure.
Plans to shut 12 fire stations across London, take 18 fire appliances out of service, and shed up to 520 jobs were announced by the London Fire Brigade today (Friday), as it seeks to cut costs by £45.4m over the next two years.
Should the proposals go ahead, the Hayes station, in Shepiston Lane, would lose the fire engine in the autumn.
A station with one fire appliance costs around £1.45m a year to run, compared to £2.43m at a station with two.
None of the 12 stations across London proposed for closure attend fires in Hillingdon. The nearest station under threat is in Knightsbridge.
Hillingdon is one of only seven boroughs in London which is failing to meet London-wide average target response times for the first engine on the scene - currently 13 seconds over the six minute mark - and it is claimed that the change will only lead to a minor increase.
It is estimated that the proposals will result in an extra 22 seconds being added on to the second engine's response time in Hillingdon, although this is still within the eight-minute target.
The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) will launch a consultation before making a final decision in June. The changes could be implemented after three months.
Ron Dobson, LFB commissioner, said of his Draft Fifth London Safety Plan: "Additional savings cannot be found without making significant changes to how we keep London safe. In the last decade, demand for the Brigades service has changed dramatically and its time to reflect that in how our fire stations, engines and staff are organised.
"I know how important it is to respond to incidents as quickly as possible and I have every intention of maintaining our current response time targets for first and second fire engines."
Hillingdon has four fire stations - Heathrow, Ruislip, Hayes, and Hillingdon.