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.
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.