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Fury as fire engine is moved

PUBLISHED: 11:37 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:08 25 August 2010

FIREFIGHTERS have slammed a decision to remove an emergency vehicle from one of its stations.

FIREFIGHTERS have slammed a decision to remove an emergency vehicle from one of its stations.

The fire engine from the Greenwich station was moved to the one in Sidcup meaning 20 posts had to be transferred affecting five watches.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) claim the move last Wednesday was in a bid to improve the brigade's overall response across the capital.

But firefighters in Greenwich were left 'flabbergasted' by the decision.

One crew manager, who did not want to be named told the Times: "We have lots of fires. We are not happy about it.

"It is a sad time when this happens because it breaks up watches.

"We don't know why this happened. It is down to politics.

"The blue watch at Greenwich were first on the scene when the Cutty Sark was on fire."

But a spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said: "The move is part of a programme to further improve the Brigade's overall response across the capital.

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