A number of areas of service development are now progressing in detail. Work has started to look at the practical application of a new Flexi Duty Managers rota and how that can be worked accross the Strategic Mobilising Locations. FBU officer reps are working on the details. Also under consideration is the disposition, type and use of specialist vehicles, including high reach appliances. The FBU have a small work group forming to consider this topic and the lead official will be working closely with the service.
A number of high level discussions took place last week on subjects such as the rescue role of the service and how it meets the Framework obligation of allowing more equitable access to resources. This relates to the topic above on specialist vehicles and will also impact on things such as training. The crewing of appliances is of significant importance and we are working together to ensure sufficient numbers are available despite the current budget contraints.