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Workforce modernisation.

Staff will lose their jobs when a controversial new regional control centre goes live for fire services across the south west of England.

A total of 63 people will be needed at the base in Taunton, Somerset, which will begin handling calls in 2009.

It replaces seven centres which currently employ about 175 people.

The regional project director said redundancies could not be avoided, but the cuts were criticised by the Fire Brigades’ Union.

Gloucestershire County Council cllr Will Windsor-Clive added: “I am extremely worried that this not only means the loss of expert staff, but puts people at risk of getting the engaged tone when they ring 999.”

‘Lessen adverse impact’

More staff will be brought in for the changeover period until the centre is fully operational by 2012.

Clive Kemp, regional project director, said new technology would increase safety across the region.

“We are confident that fire and rescue services will do all that they can to lessen any adverse impact on staff,” he added.

“It is unlikely, however, that redundancies can be avoided in every service.

“We understand this is a difficult time for affected staff and we are continuing to offer them our support throughout this process.”

The centre will replace those for Avon Fire & Rescue Service; Cornwall County Fire Brigade; Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service; Dorset Fire & Rescue Service; Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service.

What was that Mr Kemp ?

Clive Kemp, regional project director, said new technology would increase safety across the region.

Lets see……………..one larger regional control centre to replace several smaller centres spread around the region, cutting staff from 175 to 63. One control centre dealing with the demand carried by seven centres, staffed by almost one third of previous staff numbers.

Clearly higher levels of safety to add to the increased levels of relevant communications that the fire crews with be supported by. I dare say that the staff cost savings will allow for longer bits of string between the cans to cover communications in all the counties in the region. The counters of beans will have been impressed at the savings projections.

We should take notice of this innovative and radical idea at the CTC Constabulary. We could be onto something here. 

‘WEB to control, check on a vehicle please.’

‘Control to WEB, stand by, I am on my own and I already have two checks pending plus I want someone to attend a domestic, plus I have seven other open logs to allocate,update or close. Are you committed ?’

‘WEB to control, no but I should be.’

I think the Fire Service could be onto a winner with this one. They could follow this up with Fire Community Support Officers.


2 Responses

  1. And any local knowledge goes right out of the window. Punters won’t complain until three houses burn down when brigade can’t be told exactly where the first fire is.

  2. Jacqui Smith is too back date the Police pay rise with immediate effect. Its on the BBC web site. She also said you will be getting a 6% increase this year with a one off payment depending on number of years worked!
    Gordon Brown was quoted as saying he was delighted and hoped the Police would be happy with the latest offer.


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