Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

February 28, 2010 19:01 ET

Secret Fire Brigade Cuts Plan Revealed

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) -

Release: Embargo: 00.01 hours Monday March 1 2010

Changing shift patterns will mean London will see firefighter job cuts, fewer appliances and less night cover, according to a confidential document obtained by the Fire Brigades Union in London, and revealed today (Monday 1 March 2010) . "London will be less safe if fire chiefs have their way" says Ian Leahair, FBU executive council member for London.

The confidential document by the strategy and performance department of the London fire brigade in November 2008 discussed providing "a capability to withdraw personnel from night shift and move them on to days". All the options considered involved "the removal of 10 appliances", either on a rotational or fixed basis. The document states that this would mean fewer appliances on the run at night.

Mr Leahair said today: "Finally the brigade has revealed the true agenda behind shift changes. Shift change means reduced fire cover at night."

The FBU believes that the proposals will hit night cover and put public and firefighter safety at risk. Asked whether stations might be closed at night, Ron Dobson, London fire commissioner said: "We're not saying change won't come later."

More than two hundred firefighters demonstrated against cuts last month at the new Harold Hill fire station in Romford, East London.

London FBU members are currently being balloted for industrial action over plans to replace beds in stations with reclining chairs and to introduce new 12-hour day and night shifts.

Contact Information

  • Ian Leahair
    FBU Executive Council member for London
    07854 998 505
    Paul Embery
    London official
    07854 998 508