Westminster fire station in Greycoat Place has responded to 722 incidents in the last 6 months. Out of these, 639 occurred within the City of Westminster (88.5% of the total number of incidents).
However, that is not the whole story. Many of the fire stations outside the City under threat from closure also respond to incidents in the City of Westminster area.
1,405 incidents were responded to in the City of Westminster by stations under threat of closure in the last 6 months.
Westminster fire station 639
Other potentially cut stations 766
• In February 2011 a fire in a house in Westminster converted to flats was responded to by 8 fire engines and around 40 fire fighters. Out of the 8 fire engines, 3 are proposed to be cut and 1 fire station is losing a fire engine. Those impacted by cuts are Westminster, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Clapham.
• A serious flat fire on Gatliff Road in Pimlico in September last year was responded to by six fire engines, 5 of which are proposed to be cut. Only one of the fire engines is actually based in the Borough. The response came from Chelsea (losing an appliance), Clapham, Westminster and Knightsbridge (all proposed to be cut). A similar incident in the future could impact on the response times.
The loss of Westminster fire station will not just affect residents of the City of Westminster. Last year, Westminster fire station responded to incidents outside the borough for 11.5% of its calls.
Westminster has many areas which may be the focus of terrorist incidents. St James ward which includes Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Whitehall, Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament will see the average 1st appliance attendance time increase by 44secs. Warwick ward – which will see the average 1st appliance attendance time increase by 2min 42secs – includes Victoria Station.