Monday, July 14, 2014

Fire Engines to be replaced with VW Caddy Vans

Here at FCCL we have had issues before with small vans  replacing Fire Engines, in fact one of our poetic masterpieces was "Simon Had an FRU" which if you fancy a constructive and informative giggle is available here 

But today at FCCL HQ the red mist descended when we were sent an email from ACO Rhodes to his staff in regard to the periods of legitimate Industrial Action taking place by the FBU over the next 8 days. 




Lets be honest here we have seen and heard some stupid things that senior officers have done  but this one most definitely takes the West Yorkshire Tax Payers biscuit 





Below is the email  in its entirety 


Between the periods of industrial action (IA) that are taking place from the 14th to the 21st July 2014, a decision has been made not to return appliances to their home stations as has previously been the case. 
  
Therefore, some crews will not have an appliance available for the duration of this series of IA periods and consideration has been given as to how to utilise these crews.   

They have been provided with a VW Caddy van which has adequate storage space for community safety fitting equipment and small ladder, which should be stored in the vehicle for the duration of these IA periods. There is also adequate storage space for the crew’s fire kit.

This will enable Home Fire Safety Checks, Operational Risk Visits and other activities to be carried out by personnel whilst enabling crews to be recalled for operational deployment if required.

During the day shift, crews will be allocated one of two tasks:

1. Carry out HFSC’s, Operational Risk Visits, training and maintenance within their own station ground

2. Carry out a targeted risk reduction campaign in the Dewsbury/Batley areas

To aid planning, a rota for daily tasking has been developed so that crews know which tasks they are to undertake.

During the night shift, crews are expected to perform tasks as normal including administrative tasks, training, E-learning or risk visits.

Again where necessary, crews may be recalled to FSHQ for operational deployment.


ACO S Rhodes Silver Commander



AND below Steve is our response. 



Between the periods of industrial action (IA) that are taking place from the 14th to the 21st July 2014, a decision has been made not to return appliances to their home stations as has previously been the case.  Really - who made that decision and where is it documented, Are the councillors on the Fire Authority aware of this ? 


Therefore, some crews will not have an appliance available for the duration of this series of IA periods and consideration has been given as to how to utilise these crews. Many of West Yorks Stations consist of just one or two pumps. Will this mean that some stations HAVE NO FIRE ENGINE AT ALL!!!! What about retained stations, will there  be pumps at these. 


They have been provided with a VW Caddy van which has adequate storage space for community safety fitting equipment and small ladder, which should be stored in the vehicle for the duration of these IA periods. There is also adequate storage space for the crew’s fire kit.
This will enable Home Fire Safety Checks, Operational Risk Visits and other activities to be carried out by personnel whilst enabling crews to be recalled for operational deployment if required. So lets get this straight, if there is an incident, you get back in your van and drive to FSHQ to pick up a pump to go back to an incident !!!!!!!!  



During the day shift, crews will be allocated one of two tasks:

1. Carry out HFSC’s, Operational Risk Visits, training and maintenance within their own station ground.   BUT what happens if there is an incident - surely this will increase response times even more. 
And correct me if i am wrong BUT DONT YOU NEED A PUMP AND ALL ITS KIT TO TRAIN WITH ??????? 

2. Carry out a targeted risk reduction campaign in the Dewsbury/Batley areas. 
Ahh yes we know about Dewsbury and Batley  - the stations you decided to close and commented that it must be ok because nobody bothered to respond. Nobody bothered because WYFRS and shame on them the Councillors in those wards didnt care enough to consult with their constituents. Setting Batley FS a target of a 1,000 extra  HFSC this year was pretty unachievable without some serious intervention, we did wonder how you were going to pull that one off! 


To aid planning, a rota for daily tasking has been developed so that crews know which tasks they are to undertake. Such as . Wash floors, clean windows and change station cats litter trays maybe!  We understand the  strike breaking scabs leave quite an odour behind. 

During the night shift, crews are expected to perform tasks as normal including administrative tasks, training, E-learning or risk visits.  
ooh lets think about this one,  yet again no pump = no cover. And although we dont doubt you have spent many a night swotting at your companies expense  we would prefer our crews to be within a short sprint of a  pump. 


Again where necessary, crews may be recalled to FSHQ for operational deployment. 
You call it operational deployment - we call them fires and  road traffic accidents and we know you are being grossly irresponsible  by taking away pumps from competent, experienced crews.  



ACO S Rhodes Silver Commander

Bless - nothing like throwing your weight about is there ?  
ACO Rhodes would have been quite sufficient.  But we know you like to feel important. So we shall join you and sign off 




Lets make it perfectly clear - the email above puts every citizen in West Yorkshire at significant risk.  The strikes are for two sets of two hours per day. Senior Officers at WYFRS have  chosen to put the county at risk for the other  TWENTY as well.   

So we have a little bit of advice for every fire fighter who does a risk assesment or Home Fire Safety Check in the next week. Tell people why you are doing them, explain about ACO Rhodes removing pumps from stations and when they are outraged give them his phone  number and suggest they give him a call. 




  • Assistant Chief Officer/Director of Service Support

    Steve Rhodes
    01274 655734   |   






  • Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Dear Simon .............Just a little note to say

    Just a little note to say
    Your staff won't be at work today
    So try your very bestest to
    Watch facebook, twitter, our blog too



    And 

    of course don't  leave any cameras running on pumps, RTC wedges in doors and make sure there are no mobile phone cameras about when your scabs mess things up.




    Lots of love   FCCL 















    Wednesday, July 09, 2014

    For Sale

    Its not often you get items like this on the market.

    Excellent condition - A GPS Tracker used by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue.

    Do you have employees you want to spy on: FBU officials you need to keep track of? 

    Need to make sure senior officers stay at their desks during periods of industrial action scouring facebook and twitter for subversive posts and don't go AWOL ?







    As the person who found this tracker now wants to dispose of it - no reasonable offer will be refused.

    Oh bugger it we can't resist HANDBAG GATE  take a peep and what happened next ..........



    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Come on Dave the suspense is killing me

    If you have ever wondered what Assistant Chief Fire Officers do as a hobby, apart from play with trains, rifle through handbags  and play bagpipes; we can now reveal that ACO Dave Walton takes pictures of fire hydrants that look like pineapples.

    This is he assures us the first in an occasional series,
    we wait Dave with bated breath, is the best yet to come?




    If of course any of our followers see any pineapply hydrants why not take a piccie and  send it to Dave - we are confident he will be chuffed to bits.


    But whilst we are on the topic of photos, here is one that is much more serious.

    We've been sent this by an occupier in a block of flats who was concerned about the response they received to a fire in their building during the ongoing strike action. This is what happens when the incompetent officers who break the strike leave equipment behind, meaning the whole building was susceptible to smoke logging and  fire spread which will block everyone's escape.




    The RTC wedge was left in the fire door for over 26 hours before being removed!
     







    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    FALSIFICATION OF RECORDS AT WYFRS

    Well, well, well look what we have been sent
     
    In accordance with LCC petitions guidance, please see the attached documents relating to a petition that 264 people have signed; the contents of which are self explanatory.
     
    It has come to this stage because  senior investigating officers in the Fire Service, and some Fire Authority members, refuse to acknowledge the fact or take accountability for the proven facts that;
     
    1. A fire engine and crew were misused at the tax payers expense.
    2. The falsification of official documents to hide fact 1.
    3. The people of and businesses of Wetherby were put at an unacceptable risk for over 4 hours.
     
    We would like assurances that this incident, and others like it, where operational crews are stood down to carry out charity work will not happen again.
    We would like an “independent” investigation or neutral interpretation of the proven facts.
    Suitable action taken against the person who allowed this incident to happen and falsified the records.
    An acknowledgment that this incident was wrong and an apology to the general public.
     
    But WYFRS  seem non too  keen to  accept the fact that a full and frank investigation should take place.......... here is a response from  Mr Barnes , the WYFRS solicitors. And sadly we kid you not he did reply to a member of the public in shouty capital letters, (how very unprofessional and rude).
     
    We copied and pasted the below directly from the email to
    demonstrate the size of font Mr Barnes used.
     
    I am not sure where you obtain your advice from but I am obliged to inform you that there is no provision in the FRA Constitution for a petition to trigger a public discussion.
    The next meeting of the FRA is the AGM on 30th July. There is a limited provision subject to compliance with procedural requirements and certain exclusions for members of the public to ask questions at FRA meetings but if you read the

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

    Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Consultation






                                                      Here we go again, Fire Authorities are still being told by CFO's keen to implement cuts in

    "our hands are tied" cuts in provision are forced through regardless of what the public think. 


    Warwickshire are now asking for our help in publicising their petition against cuts in Fire & Rescue. 

    The Change.org  link is available  HERE   please sign it and log your opposition to the cuts.  

    Even though the consultation officially closed on Friday, we are sure the CFO of Warwick will be delighted to here from you. 

    Why not make a complaint. 
    If you are local ask why the consultation was not more thorough. The link is available here  to take you straight to their  webpage. 

    Their Integrated Risk Management Plan is also well worth a read.  

    SO.....

    It is our intention to use this IRMP to assess risk to the public
    and to the Fire and Rescue Authority so that we can develop a
    coordinated strategy that makes the best use of the money,
    people and equipment that we have at our disposa

    Have you signed yet ?  

    Where ever you are in the country  
    FIRE CUTS COST LIVES 

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    Dear CFO Pilling, Just a few hints for today because

    We understand that Friday the 20th June you are invited to attend a meeting with Brandon Lewis MP the Minister responsible for decimating fire and rescue provision in the UK.

    Sadly (for we sure as hell would like to look him in the face and give him our opinion) you have declined to attend the meeting in person and are joining by conference call.

    We at FCCL sadly too have to spend hours on conference calls, so we thought we would give you a few handy hints  to see you through:-


    1. WEAR A HEADSET even though it without a doubt  ruins your "hairdo",  or use a proper conference table top device if  you don't want to ruffle your hair.

    2. ON NO ACCOUNT EAT CRISPS - unless of course you are able to mute the device for extended periods of time, which means you can't say much

    3. TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND MOBILE - composing or  responding to emails is not on
     ( we are straying into multitasking territory here and you are the wrong sex for that to be done successfully)

    And most important of all


    4. SPEAK UP ....  we know you got your fancy Queens Medal for being a good boy,  being  obedient and implementing the  hatchet plans  for the Government,   in return for a huge salary of course.

     BUT like it or not Simon  regardless of all the spin you put on your figures, take of your rose tinted £160k specs and remember

    DEATHS 
    BY ACCIDENTAL FIRES ARE INCREASING


    1st PUMP RESPONSE TIMES ARE  DECREASING  - and you don't even dare talk about or publish 2nd and 3rd pump response times!


    And expecting operational  fire fighters (they are the ones who do the dangerous dirty work btw)  to work until they are 60 is just unrealistic and down right DANGEROUS, not to mention unfair. 

    So although we would have preferred you to pop on a train to London, to look the minister in the eyes. We understand why you haven't got time to attend........ honest we do!


    If you are happy to condone the spending of £200 per pump for food for strike breaking operatives  during periods of industrial action,   doing your own food shopping  for the weekend must be quite a task,  we all understand the need to get to Waitrose before the Friday night rush!