London Fire Brigade

Talks continue to change firefighter working hours

15 July 2010

Talks on plans to change London firefighter start and finish times are to continue following a meeting of London’s fire authority at City Hall this afternoon (15 July).

London Fire Brigade wants to change firefighter shift times from a nine-hour day shift and a 15-hour night shift to two equal 12-hour shifts, though the proposals are not set in stone and discussions with the union are ongoing. The proposed changes aim to provide more productive time for vital training and community safety work, without the Brigade having to make cuts or ask for more funding, but the Fire Brigades Union are opposed to the move.

An update on the progress of talks was given to London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority members at the meeting today.

Calls for meaningful discussions to continue and an early agreement were led by Authority Chairman and Leader Councillor Brian Coleman

“After five years this has got to be sorted out, said Councillor Coleman. “The Commissioner is proposing to run the most effective fire service for Londoners in terms of both quality and cost. With a list of incentives offered during recent talks it is now up to the FBU to continue negotiations with London Fire Brigade officers to reach an agreement.”

Note to editors: Talks between the Brigade and the FBU have taken place on 30 June, 6 July and 13 July. Further talks are scheduled for 21 and 27 July.