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Friday, 10 January 2020

Surrey Fire and Rescue "strongly refute" a Safety Critical Notice by the Fire Brigades Union over the merger with the Sussex force

Full statement below:

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service strongly refutes the claims made by the Fire Brigades Union in the Safety Critical Notice issued last night, regarding working conditions at Joint Fire Control for West Sussex and Surrey.

West Sussex joined Surrey Fire Control at the newly-built, state-of-the-art control centre at Salfords on 4th December 2019. Staff from Surrey and West Sussex have been working together since that date to provide a more effective and efficient response to emergencies across both counties.

There have been no reports of any delay to response times to any emergency as a result of the new ways of working.

Agreed staffing levels have always been maintained. During the first few weeks, additional support was provided both during the day and at night to support Joint Fire Control staff with decision-making and to facilitate rest breaks.

There have been no reports of insufficient training made to the Joint Fire Control Management Team. In fact, the only feedback they have received is that too much training was provided to former Sussex Control Centre staff.

There have been no reports of any members of staff suffering from stress related illness as a result of excessive workloads.

Analysis of technical difficulties has shown that these have been “teething” issues that have been quickly resolved or worked around, to mitigate any effect on the Services.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has been working very hard to resolve all the issues raised by the Fire Brigades Union as part of the Trade Dispute. We strongly believed that we had finalised a proposal with the FBU on 23 December 2019
on all the points they had raised regarding Joint Fire Control. We are very disappointed that we have now received notice that this final proposal will not now be agreed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

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