Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

September 04, 2007 08:47 ET

Windsor Fire Station: FBU Present Cost Neutral Proposal To Brigade Managers To Maintain 24 Hour Cover

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2007) - The Fire Brigades Union presented its cost neutral proposals to maintain 24 hour cover at Windsor fire station at no extra cost to senior managers from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) on 3 September.

Eddie Cardoso, Fire Brigades Union brigade secretary in Berkshire said:

"RBFRS senior managers listened to what we had to say and were positive in their response to our proposals.

"We will now take our proposals to the Fire Authority Executive on 24 September where we hope that our proposals will be endorsed by the Executive and taken to the full Fire Authority meeting in Maidenhead on 10 October for full approval.

"We must emphasize, that if our proposals are accepted it does not mean that Windsor's 24 hour cover status is secured in the long run. Our proposals are a pragmatic approach to the situation and will allow RBFRS to achieve day cover at Wokingham fire station without reducing Windsor's 24 hour cover in the second year 2 of their plans.

"The FBU continue to support the principle of having the right fire engines in the right place and believe that ultimately this is what the Fire Authority want to achieve.

"Our proposals do not alter the outcomes of the Fire Authority decision in the long term and we have a lot of hard work to do if we are to convince the Fire Authority of our belief that Windsor can remain a 24 hour cover station with little or no extra investment at the end of the fifth year of their plans."

Mick Rowley, Windsor FBU Representative said:

"If approved by the Fire Authority, the firefighters in Windsor and the whole of Berkshire welcome this positive development, however, the FBU will continue to campaign to maintain a 24 hour fire cover in Windsor in the long term.

"Windsor firefighters have launched a website and we encourage the members of our community to visit our forum and give us their thoughts."

Contact Information

  • Eddie Cardoso
    Berks Secretary
    07917 065 867
    Mick Rowley
    FBU Windsor Rep
    07917 391 599