Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

March 06, 2009 11:21 ET

Availability of Retained Firefighters in Lincolnshire

LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - Lincolnshire Fire Brigades Union (FBU) would like to praise the efforts of the firefighters who attended the recent fire at Brookenby village, Lincolnshire on 3rd March which severely damaged four terraced houses.

Unfortunately the first fire appliance took over 20 minutes to arrive at the incident. This allowed for the fire in one of the middle properties to become fully developed with flames before any firefighting action had taken place.

It is unfortunate that Binbrook Fire Station located only 3 minutes from Brookenby village were unable to turn out their fire appliance due to not having enough firefighters on duty.

It is obvious to the general public and FBU that the quicker you have a fully crewed fire appliance attend a property fire, the better chance the firefighters have of carrying out rescues, saving lives and reducing the damage that a fire can cause to property.

Fire Brigades Union Brigade Secretary Craig Tuck said: "This is a sign of the times within Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS). We have constantly been campaigning nationally and locally for better recruitment campaigns and for fire appliances to turn out fully crewed. It is the time for the public of Lincolnshire to add their voice to that of the FBU by airing their concerns over the poor service that it seems the councillors within the Fire Authority seem happy to provide".

He added: "It's unfortunate that the FBU have to report that this incident will become a regular occurrence across the county with many stations not being able to turn out fire appliances. Key stations such as Gainsborough, Skegness, Boston and Grantham are of great concern as it is the Chief Fire Officers (CFO) and Fire Authorities intention to remove the retained cover given by fulltime staff at these stations".

The intention of the CFO is to change the duty system at these stations with one that does not have a retained element. This will mean the removal of up to 50 fulltime firefighters who give retained cover across these stations.

The impact on these towns that are covered 24 hours a day by two fire appliances and these firefighters will be that the second fire appliance will not be available to respond the majority of the time to incidents and on occasions both fire appliances not being available.

This is totally unacceptable and the FBU are sure that it is not the service that the public of Lincolnshire expect nor should it be the service that Lincolnshire County Council provides to its tax payers. This is not the kind of service that the FBU accepts.

The FBU are at present in dispute with LFRS and the County Council in an attempt to secure the retained element to the new duty system. A meeting with the County Council is planned for the 17th March where the CFO's intention is to push through plans for a new duty system that does not have the retained fire cover given by fulltime staff as is provided on the duty system currently worked.

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