Five of the Enfield North constituency’s seven wards are still missing their six minute target for first fire engine response times, according to the latest statistics from the London Fire Service.
Whilst average waiting times for first fire engine response have improved slightly on average in Enfield North between 2012/2013 and January to August 2014, the wards of Enfield Chase, Enfield Lock, Highlands, Enfield Town and Turkey Street continue to exceed the six minute mark. Highlands ward is the worst performing at eight minutes and five seconds.
In addition, figures for second fire engine response times, with a target of eight minutes, show that in four of Enfield North’s wards (Enfield Lock, Highlands, Southbury and Enfield Town) response times have increased this year, whilst Turkey Street, Enfield Highway and Enfield Chase have improved. However, despite these differences in response times, three wards (Enfield Chase, Enfield Lock and Highlands) still exceed the eight minute target.
London wide fire response times have risen in more than 370 wards, since Mayor Boris Johnson closed 10 London fire stations in January 2014.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:
“In a fire, every second counts in saving lives.
Therefore, I am sure that many Enfield North residents will be concerned that the majority of wards in the constituency are still failing to meet the six minute target for first fire engine response times.
The emergency services – fire, ambulance and police – are under real pressure in Enfield North and borough wide.
The policies of the Tory-led Government and the London Mayor have failed to give the emergency services the proper support, which they need and deserve.”
- A full breakdown of the latest London Fire Service response time information can be found here.
- The ten fire stations to close were Belsize, Bow, Clerkenwell, Downham, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminster and Woolwich. 14 fire engines (pumping appliances) were taken out of service as a result of these station closures and a further 13 have been removed from service to act as cover in case of strike action.