Jan 24 2013 By Jack Griffith
HAYES Fire Station could still keep both of its engines, after fire bosses voted against consulting on taking appliances off the line and closing stations to make savings.
The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) met on Monday (January 21) to discuss the Fifth London Safety Plan, which outlines proposals to shut stations and remove fire engines.
The Hayes station, in Shepiston Lane, is one of 18 across London which have been earmarked to lose an appliance.
Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green GLA members forced through an amendment blocking any public consultation on those measures.
The London Fire Brigade said in a statement: "Over the coming days, the London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson will be discussing with officers what this means in terms of setting the Authoritys budget and finding the savings of s45m."
Despite the setback, Mr Johnson is expected to force it through, as he looks to cut costs in the service by s45million within two years.
John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, welcomed the decision.
"Cutting a fire pump from the Hayes station would have put lives at risk so I am pleased that the GLA Members have forced Boris Johnson to back down.
"I am fearful though that he will now come back with plans to cut the number of firefighters. We need to be extremely vigilant in opposing these cuts to this essential service."
Paul Embery, the Fire Brigades Union's (FBU) London secretary, said the proposed cuts were 'reckless and dangerous,' and criticised the Mayor's defient stance.
"He should listen to his fire authority; he should listen to the workforce, and he should listen to Londoners, the vast majority of whom oppose these cuts. If he pushes ahead, we will campaign vigorously to defend Londons fire service.
None of Hillingdon's fire stations - in Hayes, Ruislip, Hillingdon, and Heathrow - are up for closure.