Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

July 21, 2009 06:43 ET

Emergency Front Line Pumps Unavailable Whilst Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service Train a Strike Breaking Workforce in Basic Firefighting

LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - July 21, 2009) - Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LF&R) have entered into a 5 year training contract with the private company Asset Co, to provide the training for 620 people from outside the service in basic emergency firefighting. This training is not a requirement of LF&R, it is not safety critical to the firefighters of Linconlshire and it is not provided for within the fire & rescue budget.

Despite stating in the LF&RS weekly bulletin 'the service does not anticipate any disruption to existing training programmes or operational capacity as a result' on Fri 17th, Sun 19th and Mon 20th July the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Chair for Lincolnshire Chris Hides confirms the second pump at Lincoln South is unavailable due to manager cover, those managers being involved in training these civilians elsewhere in the county.

Chair of the FBU Chris Hides added "This is wholly unacceptable; resources are being diverted away from LF&RS core activities. As well as frontline pumps being unavailable other vital operational equipment such as breathing apparatus sets are being taken and will not be available for the operational crews to use. Also two wholetime watch managers have been seconded to coordinate the project and haven't been replaced. This will put even more pressure on an already understaffed service. The scandal is that at an additional cost to the public they are receiving less of a service".

Millions of pounds of tax payer's money is being spent on training a blackleg workforce to provide fire cover in the event that FBU members taking industrial action over attacks to shift patterns and other conditions of service. In some sort of twisted logic service managers would rather spend millions of pounds of tax payer's money building a blackleg workforce rather than rebuilding industrial relations with the FBU and negotiate properly when trying to change shift patterns and other conditions of service.

The FBU have written to the Chief Fire Officer in Lincolnshire requesting details; however the CFO hasn't replied and is silent on this issue, that silence says it all.

Contact Information

  • Chris Hides
    Craig Tuck
    Tom Murray