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Fire service jobs to go in cost-cutting

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

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THE county fire service has revealed that a review into firefighters’ shifts will see a reduction in 17 posts, but no job losses will take place as those affected are all set to retire.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service says that the full-time crew changes would save around £500,000 - with the plans set to be completed by the middle of 2013.

The changes have come about following a review which began in 2010. It included a consultation with wholetime staff and the Fire Brigades Union.

A report to the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority scrutiny and performance committee stated: “The rationale for carrying out these reviews was that we should continually review our processes to ensure that the service provided maximised value while maintaining community safety and, under no circumstances, compromising firefighter safety.

“The changes to the wholetime crewing system will result in a reduction of 17 posts.

“This will save around £500,000 revenue once the 17 posts (16 firefighters and a global crewing manager) have been reduced, all due to retirement, in line with the needs of the new crewing model, by no later than mid-2013 (subject to staff retiring when they are able to).”

The changes have been agreed following “constructive” talks with watch-based staff via the union.

The report also stated: “Not only has the principle of safeguarding firefighter safety been achieved, the new system plans to remove the often conflicting need to crew appliances and attend safety critical training.

“The agreement and implementation of this crewing model is a demonstration of the desire of the service to include all staff in designing a service for the future that accommodates the need for revenue reductions while not compromising firefighter and community safety.”

This comes as the service continues in its quest to make up for a £4 million shortfall in funding by 2014-15.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 24 2012, 5:35AM

    I started out at a coumnmity collge and used stafford loans to pay my living expenses.You can use the loans for whatever you need to help you through college, it just depends on the college what they determine to be your cost of living . Chances are you will get more money at a university.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 10 2012, 6:00PM

    No one has yet told you as a resident of Stafford that aswell as the 17 full time firefighter jobs being lost across the county that the number of available Fire Engines at Stafford Fire Station in the County town over the next year [Whilst the County Town will be growing in population into one of the largest MOD Garrison towns in the UK with the retun of troops from BOAR Germany] that the Front line Arial Platform [the Brontow] and the Rescue Tender that cover's RTC's in the Center and south areas of the county including the M6 north & south are also being removed from Front line operational responce leaving the county town with just 1 full time Fire Applince at Stafford & a Retained Pump at the south end of the Town.. Would Mr Dartford CFO & Mr Len Bloomer Chair of the Staffs & SOT Fire Authority like to comment on this please!!!

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 03 2012, 11:40AM

    Whilst it is admirable that there aren`t any redundancies the loss of 17 posts is a reduction in firefighters at a time when the same fire service has given its Group Managers a £5k pa pay rise. Members of the public will think that as long as they get a fire engine when they one this is acceptable - firefighter know that the weight of attack on the fire is also important without the required resources firefighter will work defensively (stand outside) this means that your place of work has a fire it is likely that you will lose job when your employer relocates.

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