Lambeth Council have launched a ‘shocking’ new film on YouTube which graphically highlights the dangers to Londoners from the Mayor of London’s plan to close Clapham Fire station.
The film, ‘Every Second Counts’ vividly illustrates the increased risk to life as a result of the Mayor of London’s plan to close Clapham Fire station, which will increase the average time it takes for a fire engine to reach a fire in Lambeth. The viewer sees a child’s bedroom slowly filling up with smoke and hears them struggling for breath. A ticking clock in the background and the heavy build-up of smoke in a very short time illustrates the point that every second counts when a fire breaks out, and any increase in response time is potentially fatal.
Lambeth drew inspiration for ‘Every Second Counts’ from powerful and uncompromising government public health films on issues from Smoking to Drink Driving.
Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck said, “Some people may find this film shocking, but we make no apologies for drawing attention to the real dangers of closing Clapham fire station to public safety. The devastating impact of fire in the home cannot be overstated. That’s why when it comes to emergency response times, every second counts.”
Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, Cllr Jack Hopkins said, “According to the London Fire Brigade, the Mayor of London’s plan to close Clapham Fire station will add an extra 34 seconds to average time it takes the first fire engine to reach an emergency in Lambeth. And this rises to an extra four minutes in parts of Clapham. Surely it is time for the Mayor to rethink his plans to close Clapham fire station rather than pressing ahead with these proposals which endanger our residents.”
‘Every Second Counts’ has been released ahead of a public consultation meeting organised by the London Fire Authority about the plans to close Clapham Fire station. The meeting is being held on Thursday 16th May from 7pm at Lambeth Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Brixton.