As refered to in previous updates a joint communication has been circulated on; SFRS Incident Command Structure Flexible Duty Managers Duty System and Strategic Mobilising Locations The statement is available via the SFRS intranet and FBU officials Further work is underway on the detail of of these topics. Further updates will be given as soon as possible.
In what has been another exceptionally busy week for FBU officials, further progress has been made on a number of reform topics. A range of topics relating to FBU officer members was discussed early in week, with very positive engagement taking place. We are now putting final details to a joint statement on that work and it will be circulated early next week. FBU Officer reps have been given an outline of the discussions already and will begin the engagement with members.
Over the last couple of weeks the FBU has been focused on the issues around pensions and has taken the opportunity to raise our concerns politically over two weekends at both the SNP and Labour Party spring conferences. These events allow more time to speak with politicians than is normally available and gives us the chance to explain the subject in more detail.
The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service is just a few days old but it has proven to be something of a baptism of fire - quite literally in some cases. Large areas of Highland Scotland were ablaze, there have been numerous other fire incidents and rescues of various kinds. The positive from this is that the new service coped with this and operated as everyone expected. As the service settles into the new routine a large body of work remains to bring together the previous 8 policies and practices.
Firefighters assembled from all parts of Scotland to show the strength of feeling regarding the proposed changes to their pension schemes. We estimate that over 350 FBU members attended and over 170 Scottish Police Federation members, who are facing changes to what is a similar scheme to our own, joined them. This was a very impressive show by members and something that politicians cannot ignore.