We are currently working with the service in an effort to meet the financial challenges is a way that we can all support. A priority of this work will be in reducing the amount of overtime across the operational departments. The FBU have been engaged in this work and negotiations are proceeding that should secure reductions in overtime payments by allowing redistribution of posts (but not the people) across Scotland. This should have minimal impact on existing arrangments and allow for additional firefighters where currently there is a shortage. Further information will be available shortly but this should assist in crewing of appliances and link to further work underway on a single response model based on providing safe crewing arrangements.
The joint Statement is available from the Resource section