Barking and Dagenham fire response times safe, report says

PUBLISHED: 15:11 14 May 2013


Response times for fire crews in Barking and Dagenham will be unaffected by Boris Johnson’s planned fire station closures, a report shows.

The Mayor of London intends to shut 12 stations and remove 18 engines in order to make £28.8million savings.

The report into the ward impacts shows Barking and Dagenham will avoid increases to response times, which range between four minutes and 28 seconds in Heath ward to seven minutes in Goresbrook ward.

However neighbouring borough Newham will see some impact, especially at the Royal Docks where response times could increase by more than three minutes to eight minutes and 39 seconds. Havering is not expected to be affected, and Redbridge could see just a couple of seconds added to current response times.

While Barking and Dagenham won’t see either of its two stations closed or staff cut, concerns have been raised over the extra burden on the brigade who might be called out further afield.

A public consultation on the London Safety Plan closes on June 17 after which a decision will be made.

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