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Have your say: One week to go in London Fire Brigade consultation

PUBLISHED: 15:12 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 January 2016

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Londoners are being asked for their views on how £6.4m of budget savings for 2016/17 can be made

Residents in Bexley are being reminded to take part in a public consultation regarding budget cuts of £6.4m.

With just one week to go, local people are being offered the chance to vote and choose one of two cost-cutting options after 13 fire stations - including Erith - had one of their two engines removed back in August 13 as part of the brigade’s strike contingency arrangements.

Option A recommends putting the 13 fire engines back into service but making savings by establishing alternate crewing at stations with some special appliances, meaning two fire rescue units, five aerial appliances and two operational support units will be alternately crewed.

Option B recommends the permanent removal of the 13 fire engines and reinvest some of the savings into increasing the number of staff available to crew fire rescue units.

Chairman of London Fire and emergency planning cuthority Gareth Bacon said: “Don’t miss out on the chance to have your say on our budget proposals and how the authority can save £6.4m.

“Over the past eight weeks we’ve held public meetings and talked to a number of stakeholders but in order to have your voice heard then fill out our consultation questionnaire before 5pm on Monday.”

The brigade has continued to meet its London-wide average attendance time target of six minutes for a first fire engine and eight minutes for a second while the 13 appliances have been out of service.

If the 13 fire engines were returned to service, it is believed that this would improve average London-wide attendance times by around four seconds for the first engine and by around 18 seconds for the second fire engine.

The 13 fire stations that had one of their two fire engines removed in August 2013 were: Chelsea, Ealing, Erith, Forest Hill, Holloway, Old Kent Road, Plaistow, Poplar, Romford, Shoreditch, Stratford, Wandsworth and Willesden.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Monday, February 1 and is available here.

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