Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

August 08, 2008 11:18 ET

Hereford and Worcester's Water Rescue Cover Returns This Weekend

Lack of health and safety checks forced withdrawal of cover, says Fire Brigades Union

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2008) - Hereford and Worcester is again a safe place this weekend. As from today (Friday) rescue boats in the counties of Hereford and Worcester are fully operational again, following a meeting between FBU Brigade Chair Pete Hope and the Brigade management team.

The FBU demanded that the water rescue capability ceased to operate last weekend following serious safety concerns that had been raised over two months ago by the Fire Brigades Union. Risk assessments and checks on personal protective equipment were overdue.

Risk assessments are necessary to ensure that firefighters safety. Pete Hope FBU Chair for Hereford and Worcester said today: "Employers have a duty to provide risk assessments under the Health and Safety at work Act. Equipment and personal protective equipment must be assessed; the FBU will not see Fire Fighters safety being compromised".

He highlighted the Pitt report in that, "Since the fire service does not have a legal responsibility to provide equipment and resources for floods and water related rescue, this cover seems to be being provided in a piecemeal manner as it is not funded by central government.

"But it is a tribute to our good industrial relations that in again highlighting to management their failings, but being able to step up to the mark and to find the ways forward. Through our underpinning knowledge and expertise, and the perusal of good industrial relations we were able to cause the minimum of disruption and therefore guarantee the safety of our crews and that of the public of the two counties".

Contact Information

  • Fire Brigades Union
    Pete Hope
    07919 327691
    Fire Brigades Union
    Francis Beckett
    020 8349 9194 or 07813 001372