Mayor's cuts - fire stations (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
November 21, 2012
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Certainly. Mr Mayor, could you join me in reassuring Mr Biggs that fire engines do not respect borough boundaries and if there is an emergency callout that happens to be in a borough that neighbours Tower Hamlets, the fire appliances closest will go there quickest? Could you further reassure Mr Biggs that the current and future target first appliance time is six minutes and the second appliance time is eight minutes, and in none of the options that have been modelled - rather than the proposals that are being talked about here - do any of Tower Hamlets' response times for a first appliance below even five minutes?

Answer

Answer for Mayor's cuts - fire stations (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Mayor's cuts - fire stations (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Well I think, Gareth, that that is a characteristically excellent point. That is right, but as I say none of these proposals are yet agreed. I will have a look at them and I want to make sure that they have fulfilled the criteria that I have set out repeatedly to you this morning.

Jennette Arnold OBE (Chair): I think Mr Biggs is owed the opportunity for a point of personal -- you have to stand up to give it so we can hear you.

John Biggs (AM): I have a very brief and non-political personal explanation which is that not only are the draft proposals proposing cuts in fire cover in Tower Hamlets but, in the absence of amphibious fire engines, they also propose cuts in Islington, in Hackney and in Newham, which are the adjoining boroughs to Tower Hamlets. I think the concern is legitimate and I would repeat that concern.

Jennette Arnold OBE (Chair): Thank you. It is a point about Members challenging other Members which this is not the forum for it.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Right.