HEREFORD and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) have released a comprehensive set of proposals which will enable the first whole-time fire engine at each station to have a crew of five.
The announcement came today (Monday) as part of the significant savings HWFRS required to achieve a balanced budget.
There will be no redundancies and the plan actually increases the number of full-time and part-time firefighters employed by the service by removing managerial posts.
Area Commander Keith Chance said: “This set of proposals is a comprehensive plan that will bring significant benefit to the Service, staff and public of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
“Not only does it increase resilience and capacity by putting a crew of five back on to the first whole-time fire engine at each station, it also delivers a whole host of additional benefits such as increasing support to the 31 fire engines crewed by on-call firefighters, introducing more options for staff to work differently, flexible systems and removing the need for staff to work additional hours to cover crewing deficiencies.”
Engagement with staff has been taking place regarding options and full consultation over the proposals.
Further consultation and negotiation will take place over the coming months and will seek to achieve a successful implementation to deliver the benefits
Mr Chance added: “HWFRS will soon be looking to recruit whole-time firefighters for the first time in a decade and we are keen to increase the number of applications from women and underrepresented groups.
“To help with this, it is important that we have modern, flexible working conditions that are attractive for people to work.
“These proposals not only increase the number of firefighters, they do so by offering a variety of working patterns that are not currently available.”