22nd Feb, 2019

Changes to Bromsgrove fire crews' shift patterns could see delay in response times

Harry Leach 8th Feb, 2019 Updated: 8th Feb, 2019

CHANGES to shift patterns at Bromsgrove Fire Station could see residents face longer response times.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) needs to change the current ‘Day Crewing Plus’ (DCP) shift system at the station following a high court ruling.

Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis outlines the changes. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0619022MMR2 www.buyphotos247.com

The alteration, which will be introduced in the coming months, could mean residents’ waiting times increased by five minutes.

The DCP system is based on a 24-hour self-rostering system with staff on duty for 12 hours before having 12 hours off.

It requires fewer operational staff to crew without having to remove regular crewed fire engines at night.

But, following a challenge from the Fire Brigades Union, the High Court ruled such systems were unlawful.

Keith Chance (Assistant Chief Fire Officer), Nathan Travis (Chief Fire Officer) and Guy Palmer (Area Commander) discuss the changes. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0619022MMR3 www.buyphotos247.com

Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis of HWFRS said: “DCP has served Bromsgrove and the fire crews well but now the system has been tested in the courts.

“Instead we will have to ensure the ongoing safety of our towns by implementing another duty system, which is legal, affordable and sustainable.”

Details on the new duty system have not yet been revealed but will follow a staff and public consultation being undertaken in the coming weeks.

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