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Root and Branch Reform of Fire Service Management Needed

3 May, 2012 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has called for root and branch reform of the Fire Service management following news that the recruitment of retained firefighters has been suspended.

Mr McMullan said:

“The news that recruitment of retained firefighters has been suspended is the latest in a line of decisions by senior management that questions their ability to take the Fire Service forward.

“The suspension will lead to stations being understaffed and therefore lead to a downgrading of the service available.  The suspension is due to an investigation into previous recruitment processes and is undetermined how long it will last.

“We have also seen the return of over £2.3 million to the Department of Health and Public Service while at the same time the need to replace several stations and upgrade the Red Fleet in the months ahead.

“I also asked about the cost of the various feasibility studies being carried out within the service and senior management were unable to tell me how much these studies are costing.

“It is obvious that the present senior management structures are incapable of taking the fire service into the future and I am calling on a root and branch reform of the senior management structure.”

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