Firefighters would struggle to cope

07 July 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has voiced his concern about the safety of the capital’s public transport system after the FBU said they would struggle to cope with another 7/7 style attack in London.

Paul Embery, of the Fire Brigades Union, said: ‘If there was a terror attack, our resources would bemore stretched. To say we are better prepared is just not true and grossly misleading.’

Mick said: ‘It’s a serious concern that someone like Paul, who is at the sharp end of this here in London,is worried about the effect of fire station closures in the capital. We have also seen the number of station staff slashed by Boris Johnson, and Transport for London, and that inevitably makes it more difficult for rail workers, as well as the emergency services, to respond as we did ten years ago.

‘That’s something that the London Mayor, and TfL, need to take into account the next time they are making redundancies to “save money”. Running a public transport system properly is about service, and safety, not just bean counting.’

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