STANMORE will get another fire engine following a bold move by the Mayor of London.
Boris Johnson overruled the London Fire Authority's decision to reject his plan to save £28.8million on Tuesday.
The Mayor of London's draft plan, published in January, sought to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 fire engines, relocate four fire engines and reduce the number of fire fighter posts by 520.
Following a London-wide consultation, which included a meeting at Harrow's Civic Centre in Station Road, the plan was altered to instead close 10 stations rather than 12, and the number of fire engines reduced by 14 rather than 18.
Fire fighter posts, however, would be 552 instead of 520.
The Fire Authority met in July, voting nine to eight in opposition to the plans.
Boris Johnson has forced through the plan regardless however in a daring move on Tuesday.
While the plan is predominately a wide-spread cut of the service, it does however secure Stanmore station's extra fire engine that they will get under the reshape of London's fire service.
The Fire Authority comprises of 17 members, two of which are Harrow councillors Ms Susan Hall (Conservative) and Mr Navin Shah (Labour).
Mr Shah said: "Londoners have been clear about their opposition to the Mayor’s closure of fire stations and we will continue to make the case to keep these stations open. The matter is far from over. The Mayor must reconsider his position, drop his plans to close 10 fire stations and fully fund the London Fire Brigade."
In an exclusive interview with the Observer in May, London Fire Brigade's borough commander for Harrow Richard Claydon said that he felt the fire brigade is overly resourced at present, something echoed by Ms Hall, who is also the leader of Harrow Council's Conservative Group.
She said: "London's fire engines and fire fighters will now be deployed to better suit London's needs, and our city will retain the fastest response times in the country. Harrow will befit from an additional fire engine, too.
"In tight financial times, we also need to recognise that London has seen a 50% fall in the number of fires over the last 10 years while keeping the same number of fire fighters, and the plan reflects this new reality."