Documentary maker Ross Kemp has joined the fight to save ten London fire stations from closure by accusing Mayor Boris Johnson of lying about the impact of his planned cuts that will lead to slower fire engine response times for four million Londoners.
In this campaign film, Kemp calls the Mayor to account for misleading Londoners in three key statements about the fire station closures and plans to cut 580 front line fire service jobs. “Every Second Counts” shows a domestic living room on fire and warns that fire fighters will not be able to get to fires as quickly as they do now if the cuts go ahead.
Ross Kemp: “London is not safe in Boris Johnson’s hands. Like all Londoners, I am angry about these cuts. Boris cannot seriously tell us that closing fire stations won’t put people’s lives at risk. Before Boris Johnson was re-elected in 2012 he promised there would be ‘absolutely no reduction in fire cover’ if he won and within a few months, without any shame, he announced the cuts.”
Paul Embery, London FBU (Fire Brigades’ Union) Regional Secretary: “Ross’s film will be very uncomfortable viewing for Boris Johnson. We are asking everyone who is angry and worried about the fire station closures to get involved in our campaign and sign the petitions against the closures. The Mayor tries to use his jokey style to avoid the fact that fire and rescue services will get to emergencies more slowly in the future because of his cuts. He claims that fire deaths are ‘steadily’ declining and that more parts of London will get a Fire Brigade response within the target attendance times, but both of these claims are untrue.“