London Assembly and Fire Brigade’s planning authority condemn cuts that could cost Havering its only fire rescue unit

PUBLISHED: 11:43 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 31 July 2013

Hornchurch could lose its fire rescue unit - one of only two in outer north-east London

Hornchurch could lose its fire rescue unit - one of only two in outer north-east London


The London Assembly and the body that runs the London Fire Brigade have formally condemned the budget cuts that could see Havering losing its only fire rescue unit.

At a meeting last week, 13 of the assembly’s members voted in favour of a motion that read: “This assembly condemns the financial constraints being imposed on the London Fire Brigade by the Mayor that has led to proposals to close fire stations and cut fire engines.”

Havering and Redbridge’s Tory assembly member Roger Evans, who is also a Havering councillor for Elm Park, was one of five people who voted against the motion.

The previous week, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority – which runs the London Fire Brigade – had voted against the Mayor’s £30million cuts package that would see stations closed across the capital and Hornchurch losing the borough’s only specialist rescue engine.

But the Mayor of London has the final say and has indicated he “is not minded” to release more cash to halt the cuts.

If Hornchurch sheds its FRU – which carries specialist equipment to help rescue people from road crashes, floods and hazardous environments – the nearest one will be based at East Ham, nearly nine miles away.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has written to Boris Johnson urging him to rethink.

“The fire rescue unit being cut from Hornchurch Fire Station is a real worry and has consequences across the whole area,” he said. “I will be fighting these cutbacks every step of the way.

“I have launched a petition to show the broad public support for keeping the FRU via my website, and I have written to the Mayor of London asking to halt this cut.

“I would appreciate as much support from the public as possible by signing the petition.”

The petition will go live at towards the end of the week.

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