Apollo Theatre: Almost half fire stations that sent engines set to close


Three of the eight fire stations that sent engines to the Apollo Theatre last night are set to close in less than three weeks.

Westminster, Knightsbridge and Southwark fire stations, whose teams attended the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse last night, will now close on 9 January 2014 under proposals from the Mayor’s office to close 10 fire stations in London.

The now-confirmed plans for cuts to London’s fire services will see the loss of more than 500 fire brigade posts in London, in a bid to save £28.8m over two years.

Seven London councils that will be impacted by the cuts brought the legal challenge in a bid to stop the plans.
Following a long-running dispute over the cuts, Boris Johnson said in September, when the proposals were approved: “Ensuring that London’s fire service is financially stable and keeping Londoners safe are my top priorities.”