How fire station closures will affect Greenwich

Woolwich fire stationcoalition consequences logoA great post on e-Shooter’s Hill (a community blog for the Shooter’s Hill area) has revealed the  full impact of Boris Johnson’s proposed fire station closures on this part of London (see http://e-shootershill.co.uk/save-woolwich-fire-station-petition/)

Although Blackheath and Greenwich are less affected (as our closest fire stations at Lee Green, Greenwich and East Greenwich will remain open), in Woolwich Common and Woolwich Riverside wards, average response times for fire engines are forecast to increase by up to 50% once Woolwich fire station (pictured above) is closed. Labour councillor John Fahy has launched a petition to oppose the closure, which can be signed at https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-mayor-of-london-stop-the-closure-of-woolwich-fire-station.

Every minute counts, and fires in these areas would not be responded to within the six-minute standard response time if the closure goes ahead. So much for the promise that the closures are “intended to improve the safety of Londoners” (see http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/lsp5.asp#.UZqplbXVCSo).

There is a public meeting to discuss the proposed closures on Wednesday 29 May from 7-9pm at Lecture Theatre 315, King William Building, University of Greenwich, 30 Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS.

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