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Clerkenwell Fire Station was the oldest in Europe until 9.30 yesterday (Thursday 9th January) morning, when it was closed along with nine other stations around London as part of austerity measures imposed on the Emergency Services by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Guy Howie of the UCLU Marxists reports on the cutbacks to the fire brigade in London, which have also resulted in the redundancy of 552 firefighters and the removal of 14 fire engines from service.