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Proposal To Offer Fire-Fighter 'Live In Station' Roles

Friday May 18 2012


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PAY rises are being offered to fire fighters who agree to a new shift pattern that would see them live in the fire stations four days a week.

Fire bosses have announced the plans as part of plans to cut the budget by around £10 million over the next three years. If agreed, if it would mean night shifts would be scrapped at six stations, including Tankersley, saving £375,000 per station per year.

Instead, crews will be offered a 29 per cent pay increase to live in the stations to work a day shift and be on-call at evenings to cover emergencies.

Deputy chief fire officer Mark Shaw said: "We appreciate this system isn't for everyone, but for those who do
volunteer there will be significant benefits in relation to pay and flexibility."

But the Fire Brigades Union has criticised the scheme, claiming its main aim is to reduce fire-fighter numbers.

FBU secretary John Gilliver said: " If you are a young person and coming from out of town then it could be ideal but what happens when your circumstances change and you have a family?"

What do you think to the proposals? Have your say in the comment box below and join the debate now.

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Reply Posted by Mark-danella on Saturday May 19 2012 at 21:33
just another government tactic at reducing public sector workforces

Reply Posted by nic on Sunday May 20 2012 at 17:02
extremely dangerous job as it is without the preasure of little sleep during busy times! Decision making/ life & death situations on a tired head don't work. Life is more important than money.  

Reply Posted by Sue on Monday May 21 2012 at 08:07
FBU secretary John Gilliver said: ” If you are a young person and coming
from out of town then it could be ideal but what happens when your
circumstances change and you have a family?”


Serving soldiers spend 6 month on a tour of duty away from family -- I am sure Fire Fighters (whom are also on a lot better wage than soldiers) can easily manage 4 days

Reply Posted by guest on Monday May 21 2012 at 14:02
Are all the retained staff going to get offered this position too?

Reply Posted by guest on Monday May 21 2012 at 14:02
Are all the retained staff going to get offered this position too?