Some 600 firefighters and supporters marched against station closures and job cuts in
Workers were protesting at plans by Tory mayor Boris Johnson to close 12 stations, remove 18 engines and slash 520 frontline firefighter posts. London FBU union called the march.
Firefighters staged a sit down protest on
Jon Scott was the station manager at Whitechapel in 2004 when firefighters Billy Faust and Adam Meere died tackling a blaze.
He told Socialist Worker, “No matter how they try and dress it up, a standard house fire can double in 30 seconds. There is a direct link between the time it takes to put water on a fire and the time it takes to put it out.
“The times they’re quoting for response times aren’t accurate. They only count for when you reach the door, not when you start to tackle the fire.
“They count the
“Firefighters are supposed to wait until support vehicles arrive before going in, but under the cuts support will be three minutes later. That’s too late. Firefighters will commit to going in and so be in a dangerous situation without cover.
“There’s no doubt these cuts will put people’s lives in danger.”
Firefighters from around
Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU) general secretary Matt Wrack said, “We are asked to pay for a crisis created by those gambling millions and millions every day in banks
“They say there isn’t any money. There’s plenty of money, but it’s in the wrong hands. Let’s stand together and continue the fight.”