The engines were first withdrawn from day-to-day service in August 2013 to ensure that private contractors had sufficient equipment to provide emergency cover during strikes by Fire Brigades Union members.
The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, which oversees the brigade, needs to make £6.4m of savings in the next financial year but members of the authority are divided on how to achieve this.
London’s fire Commissioner has been accused of making “utterly untrue” statements after claiming that union members had failed to agree a deal which would have allowed thirteen fire engines to return to the frontline.
Mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of risking the London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) reputation by ordering it to provide consultancy services to the Qatari government. Members of all parties on the capital’s fire authority agreed a list of countries which the Brigade should not trade with, including Qatar which Human Rights Watch says has a “problematic” record on human rights, “particularly for the large and growing migrant worker population.”
Boris Johnson is planning another backdoor round of cuts. Despite promising at the time that there would be no more front line cuts to the fire brigade; he is now trying to force another 13 fire engines out of service all in the name of cost cutting.