The number of operational firefighters available during the day is all set to get a boost following yesterday’s Fire Authority meeting (February 13).
After viewing the results of a recent public consultation, members confirmed their decision to move the 10 firefighter posts that currently crew the rescue vehicle at Huntingdon, to the Operational Risk and Response Team (ORRT).
Instead of working two at a time on a shift system, all 10 firefighters will work a day shift.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland explained: “Two of the firefighters will crew the rescue vehicle in the day but it will not be confined to Huntingdonshire. The remaining firefighters will be a flexible resource that will boost operational response and risk reduction, particularly in rural areas. They could be deployed anywhere in the county depending on daily demand and need.
“Last year we introduced new rescue pumps for crews at our 24/7 and day crewed stations and they contain much of the rescue equipment that is on our rescue vehicles. The need for rescue vehicles to be sent to road traffic collisions has fallen. By transferring the firefighter posts to our new ORRT we are making better use of our resources and providing a better service to our communities.”
It is anticipated the changes will be introduced following the completion of ongoing negotiations with the Fire Brigades Union.