Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

July 18, 2007 12:06 ET

Official handover for new regional fire control centre building

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 18, 2007) -

On the 23rd of July (next Monday) the newly formed Local Authority Control Company (LACC) will officially be handed responsibility for the new Regional Control Centre building,

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has always been and remains opposed to the governments plans to reduce the current number of local control rooms from 46 down to just 9 regional control centres (RCCs) in England.

Although the government was asked by one of its own select committees, to provide proof that the RCCs would give an enhanced service to the public and produce savings over a ten year period, no such proof has ever been offered.

Phil Poole the regional control representative for the East Midlands said, "There is no guarantee that the new RCCs will bring an improvement to the way that the Fire Service responds to an emergency call. In fact coupled with the Fire Services Integrated Risk Management Plans the attendance times for the first fire engine to arrive on the scene of an emergency look set to increase. This is not what the public deserve".

The percentage of emergency incidents that the fire service attend in under five minutes is decreasing and at the current rate of decrease within five years the Fire Service will only make 10% of the emergency calls that they receive in under five minutes.

If this is the Governments Fire Service of the future it is certainly not one which the FBU would support.

The rental costs are another burden for the tax payer, almost double the cost to some authorities for what they pay to run their existing control rooms at the moment. The buildings will remain unoccupied and dormant for up to two years due to long delays in the project.

Phil added, "There will be no savings made and there will be no increase in service to the public. If there were, the proof would be on show for all to see. There will only be great loss for the public through increased taxes and a longer wait for help and assistance when it is most needed".

Contact Information

  • Derbyshire
    Phil Poole Regional Representative
    Brenda Sturgess
    FBU East Midlands
    Tom Murray Regional Chair