Confronted today on his conspicuous absence in a week in which London was threatened by a fire strike on Bonfire Night, Boris Johnson made astonishing claim that London “would have been safe” with just 27 fire engines protecting 7.6 million residents over an area of 609 square milesSpeaking to rowing with presenter James O’Brien on LBC Radio, Johnson said:

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Boris Johnson: London would have been safe and will be completely safe.
James O’Brien: London would not have been safe with 27 poorly crewed appliances. This is why you should have been around more this week, Boris.
BJ: I don’t agree with that. I don’t agree with that. I don’t agree with that.
JO: So – just for the record – the Mayor of London believes that London can be adequately protected from fire by 27 appliances crewed by part time staff trained for, on average, a couple of weeks?

The full interview, which kicks off with Boris refusing to outline what he had done personally to avert the strike, is available for your listening horror on LBC’s website.

What a buffoon.

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  11. Hmm. How many fire engines are normally tasked on the streets at any one time in London?
    Without any figures available id hazard a guess that 27 engines could probably provide a sufficient level of short-term emergency cover.
    Should 27 engines not be enough then it isnt really the fault of some cringe inducing halfwit trying to bumble his way thru an interview with a local radio DJ, its the fault of those striking.

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