Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

June 14, 2007 16:08 ET

Manchester Fire Crews "Gutted" Over Treatment of Colleagues in Reclining Chair Row

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 14, 2007) -

Attn: National news desks, north west newsdesks

Manchester fire crews say they "gutted" by the treatment of three colleagues found guilty of offences in a row over the use of reclining chairs. Two firefighters were given written warnings and their watch manager given a final written warning after a hearing this afternoon.

Tim Fensome, FBU Brigade Chair for Greater Manchester Fire service said: "The colleagues of these three firefighters are gutted by what has happened. This has been an exercise in managers trying to save face after backing themselves into a corner.

"There is little or no evidence against any of the three firefighters involved. One firefighter continues to flatly deny the charges made against him. Another did nothing more than move from a reclining chair to lie flat on the floor because his back was hurting which is what any doctor would have advised.

"Neither was seen doing anything wrong. The watch manager was found guilty of not seeing something the others said never happened anyway.

"We expected a small degree of British commonsense today. Instead we have been served up another dollop of management nonsense.

"These three firefighters would have done a total of 30 hours night shift in 48 hours. Unlike other jobs, you can't leave the station to stretch your legs or have a break away from the station and the pressure and stress of waiting for the bells is immense.

"Firefighters do a first class job and we don't fail the public. But we are now having to put up with third rate management who have failed their fire crews.

"The treatment of these three firefighters, who faced the sack today, has gutted their colleagues. Instead of this issue being treated with commonsense it has deeply soured relationships and damaged a service we are proud of."

Contact Information

  • FBU
    Tim Fensome
    07834 656082
    Media contacts (national)
    Duncan Milligan
    07736 818100