Crew changes proposed for Yate fire station with full-timers to only work in daytime

November 30 2016

FULL-time crews will only be on duty at Yate’s fire station during the daytime under changes planned to come into effect in 2017.

FULL-time crews will only be on duty at Yate’s fire station during the daytime under changes planned to come into effect in 2017.
Part-time firefighters, also known as retained staff, will be on call at night to provide cover once the new system is introduced.
The proposal will see the fire station revert to a staffing rota that operated before 2009.
For the past eight years it has been crewed around the clock by full-time firefighters, with retained staff also called in during periods of high demand.
But Avon Fire and Rescue Service wants to return to the pre-2009 set-up, which involves having full-timers on duty just in the day and using retained crews at night.
The change is among a number of proposals drawn up by the service, which faces making £5 million of annual savings up to 2020 due to a cut in the central government grant it receives. Fire authorities are also being pressed to reform their services.
A document detailing the proposals can be read online through the service’s website, with  any comments to be made by December 31.
Detailed plans for Yate fire station will also be on display in the town’s library for a week from Monday, November 28, with an open event being planned at the station itself for later in December.
Yate’s 2009 crewing change was made due in part to an anticipated increase in emergency incidents and demand for services as a result of the town expanding.
But that predicted increase has not materialised and the greater housing development in the area has not had any significant effect on the demand for fire and rescue services.
The station also has the highest cost per call-out of all Avon Fire and Rescue’s full-time stations, coupled with the lowest operational activity level for those wholetime stations.
The plan document said: “Yate fire station will continue to provide 24-hour operational cover but in a different way.”
It said with Yate having a large number of commercial premises, together with a need to provide community safety activities, the continued use of full-time firefighters during the day could be justified rather than switching entirely to retained crews.
It also recognised plans for a “substantial” increase in housing in the Yate area but said those homes would comply with latest building regulations, including fire safety measures such as hard-wired smoke alarms.