London's 27 fire engines: not Brian Coleman's toys to throw out of his pram, says Fire Brigades Union

Following London Mayor Boris Johnson’s answers to questions on London’s 27 missing fire engines, the Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said:

There are 27 fire engines which belong to London, which have been driven to a secret location, preventing London’s firefighters from using them. We don’t know exactly why they were taken, and the Mayor didn’t tell us this morning. I have an idea that Brian Coleman, whom the Mayor appointed to chair the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, thinks he’s somehow punishing firefighters for their two recent one-day strikes, by confiscating 27 of their fire engines.


It’s a childish way of behaving, and the Mayor should have told Mr Coleman to grow up and return London’s fire engines, not providing cover for him. They are not Mr Coleman’s toys, and he has no right to throw them out of his pram. Mayor Johnson should not allow Mr Coleman’s tantrums to put Londoners at unnecessary risk.


What Mr Coleman wants to do is slash the fire service in London, and the Mayor covered up for him this morning. Neither of them know the first thing about the risks of firefighting.”


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