12:00 Saturday 28 December 2013

Firefighters disciplined for misconduct

Written byJENNY MOODY

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FIREFIGHTERS from across Staffordshire have been disciplined by their bosses, the latest report has revealed.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s latest discipline and grievance report revealed a total of 24 officers have been disciplined in just three months by the authority.

Of these 24 officers, action was taken against 13 of the firefighters for ‘unacceptable conduct’ while part of the service.

The remaining firefighters were hauled before their bosses after it was said that they had taken too many days off sick.

A further six retained firefighters were disciplined for ‘performance and capability’ issues.

According to the report, one of the officers was sacked, two resigned and the other three were given 12-month warnings.

The action was taken against the firefighters between August and October this year.

A fire authority report states: “There has been an increase in formal and informal cases over this period.”

Sickness absence is also increasing at the fire service, with 3,693 shifts lost to illness in the 12 months to the end of July.

The report comes as once again firefighters from across the county are preparing to take to the picket lines on New Year’s Eve, traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year as people set to celebrate the start of the new year, over changes to their pensions.

Firefighters will strike from 4.40pm on Tuesday to 12.30am on Wednesday as part of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) battle to force the Government to rethink proposals which would see them work until they are 60 to get a full pension.

They will also go back to make a stand from 4.30am to 8.30am on Friday.

Although Uttoxeter Community Fire Station mainly consists of retained firefighters who are not members of the FBU, they will be drafted in to help in other areas.

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