Brent has the highest number of fire deaths in London over five years
PUBLISHED: 12:33 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 27 January 2016
Brent had the highest number of fire deaths in London between 2001 and 2015.
The shocking statistics have been revealed by Dawn Butler, Brent Central MP, who is fighting plans to axe a fire engine based in Willesden as part of £11.5million cuts by the London Fire Brigade (LFB).
The figures obtained by Ms Butler who submitted a freedom of information request to LFB, showed 14 people have died during the five year period.
In one of the tragic cases in the borough 41-year-old Muna Elmufatish, daughters Hanin Kua, 14, Basma 13, Amal, nine, and sons Yeha, two, and Mustafa, five, were killed in a fire at their home in Sonia Gardens, Neasden in 2011.
The data also showed that the first fire engine did not arrive within the six minute target response time in 42.6 per cent of callouts in Brent.
Ms Butler said: “Our firefighters in Brent do an absolutely amazing job but as this new data demonstrates, they are already stretched to the absolute limit.
“With the fire service already missing their targets in nearly half of all callouts there is no justifiable case for removing fire engines from stations in Brent.”
A public consultation into the proposals to axe the engine in Willesden ends on Monday and Ms Butler is urging residents to take part.
She said: “There is no doubt in my mind that any further cuts to local fire service could cost lives. I urge constituents to have their say.”
A LFB spokesman said: “The brigade has continued to meet its London-wide average attendance time target of six minutes for a first fire engine and eight minutes for a second while the13 appliances have been out of service.
“If the 13 fire engines were returned to service, it is believed that this would improve average London-wide attendance times in Brent by around five seconds for the first engine and by around 37 seconds for the second fire engine.”
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