London (UK) Fire Stations Close, Including Oldest Station in Britain

The oldest fire station in Britain closed along with nine others in an effort to save money.

A report in The Guardian ( noted that firefighters were in tears as they walked out of the Clerkenwell station in London for the last time. An effort has begun to save the historic building from being converted to apartments.

The Clerkenwell station is more than 140 years old. The London Fire Brigade is also cutting 552 firefighter jobs and reducing the number of fire engines by 14.

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For more stories out of London, consider London Firefighters Protest Cuts, London (UK) Fire Cuts Could Mean Six-Minute Response Times in More Areas, and Hazmat/CBRN Incident: London ’s King’s Cross Underground Station.

For more on the effects of budget cuts on firefighter staffing, consider Inside a Budget Fight : It Never Ends, and Nobody Wins, FDIC 2013 Presentation Deals with Firefighting, Politics, and Budget Cuts, and Firefighter Staffing: Report: New Haven (CT) Fire Department Staffing ‘Critical’.

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