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FIREFIGHTERS in London will respond to emergency calls in the capital in red Mini Coopers in a bid to avoid growing congestion on the roads and attend fires quicker.                                                                                                                        It may sound like the plot of The Italian Job, but the Mini Cooper cars will be deployed across the city fire stations to provide a rapid first response capability at fires.

The Minis were trialed during the London Olympics last year and can carry six fire extinguishers as well as other equipment and can cut through the London traffic and narrow roads in the city.
The move will help fire stations ensure more Triple 9 emergency call outs can be attended to within a promoted target of six minutes.

Each of the $30,000 Countryman model Minis will carry two firefighters and with the back seats folded down can carry all their equipment as well as the six extinguishers and a large medical kit including defibrillators.

During the Olympics the cars were dispatched to a number of false alarms at the Olympic village as well as a few bin fires but the Fire Brigade believed they saved  $77,000 that month by using the cars instead of the conventional trucks.

"I think they (public) think we're out of the bloody Italian Job,'' one firefighter was quoted as saying at the time. "Some of the looks we get are hilarious but people absolutely love them.''London Mayor Boris Johnson today revealed a raft of measures including the closure of up to 13 stations in the capital under cost cuts designed to save almost $100 million in two years.

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