Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

October 23, 2009 13:50 ET

Essex Fire Crews Astonished at Chief's Contempt for Retained Firefighters

ESSEX, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2009) - Firefighters in Essex are astonished at their chief's public outburst threatening to cut essential fitness provisions for all frontline professionals if Retained Firefighters dare continue with their call for improvements to help them maintain the same high-levels of physical fitness expected of all firefighters.

Chris Cox, Essex FBU Retained Rep:

"Firefighting is a physically demanding and dangerous job. To do our job safely and to the standard that the public expects we need to be fit. Retained Firefighters do the same job and face the same risks as full-time Firefighters and all we are asking for is to have the same standard of fitness training provisions as the rest of the frontline professionals."

"We can't understand the Chief Fire Officers reaction to a straight forward proposal. One minute he tells us its business as usual despite the ongoing dispute over frontline cuts and then in the next breath he blows up at an issue that has come forward through the normal channels from our Retained members. All the basic agreements say that consultation should commence before any final decisions are made but is seems the senior management have already decided to reject the proposals out of hand before we've even met to discuss them."

"Retained Firefighters often feel we are treated by the management as second class firefighters and fitness training provisions is an example of this. What really concerns us is what this week's outburst seems to have revealed about the chief's apparent attitude to ensuring a fair deal for Retained Firefighters. It seems that if Retained Firefighters are being treated less-favourably then the chief's answer will be to cut the fitness regimes for all other frontline firefighters rather than to bring the fitness provisions for us up to the same standard."

"We hope that in the cold light of day the management will calm down and realise this is a matter that deserves to be discussed properly before making any final decisions. And if the sticking point is money, then we are sure that a little of the Pounds Sterling 6 million being spent on an IT system for office admin or a little of the Pounds Sterling 1 Million investment announced recently can find its way to helping provide the kind of fitness training provisions that us Retained Firefighters feel we deserve."

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Fire Brigades Union
    Chris Cox
    07850 166755
    or
    Fire Brigades Union
    Lindley Chambers
    07792 741917
    or
    Fire Brigades Union
    Mick Rogers
    07967 023709
    or
    Fire Brigades Union
    Adrian Clarke
    07917 017713