Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

September 21, 2011 06:37 ET

FBU Raise Concerns About Secretive Fire Authority Meeting

BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2011) - The Fire Brigades Union in Berkshire has expressed concerns about the increased range of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority business that is being conducted behind closed doors.

At a meeting of the Fire Authority Management Committee on the 19th September the FBU questioned why several issues of public interest were subject to the exclusion of the public.

Among the issues dealt with in Part 2 of the meeting, which excludes the public, were:

Agenda item 18 – Resilience - verbal update from the Chief Officer

Agenda item 19 - The sale of Cookham fire station

Agenda item 21 – RBFRS Restructure

Agenda item 22 - Windsor crewing options – a "Local Fire Engine".

Berkshire FBU chair, Maurice Whyte, said "We appear to be entering a regime of secrecy, which greatly concerns the FBU - the fire service is a public service and should be held publicly accountable. Any restructure of the Brigade will inevitably alter the way it functions and the public have a right to know how this will affect them".

He added, "The people of Cookham deserve to know what is happening with the sale of their fire station and what impact this will have on their community. The people of Windsor deserve to know the nature of their fire service provision. In particular, Royal Berkshire Fire Authority should inform them of its ongoing discussions with councilors in the Royal Borough. Windsor already has a local fire engine and the FBU feels that the public should be consulted if this is going change in any way".

Link to full Agenda of the meeting:

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