Fire Service Association continuing the fight

The head of the Barbados Fire Service Association yesterday vowed to continue pressing for improved conditions for the 239 officers it represents.

Chairman Adrian Brome announced that the association was working with a five-point plan, which includes securing the right for officers to take two days uncertified sick leave.

“We are currently pursuing the right, like other public officers, to have a two-day uncertified sick leave without visiting a medical officer; the minimum of four fire officers on each fire truck while responding to calls [and] phase two of our healthy eating programme to end with a cook-off in the fire house for the winner to represent Barbados in the Caribbean Association of firefighters conference in Barbados in October 2015,” Brome said.

He said they were also exploring “the option of early retirement as well as medical insurance due to the high stress [level] on the job  and finally launch of our community project in the new year.”

He was speaking during a service at the Bethel Methodist Church to mark the 50th anniversary of the association.

So far, he said, the association had been able to reduce the number of work hours for officers, negotiate improved fire fighting gear and help improve the education of members through numerous

A major achievement, Brome pointed out, was the reduction of the duty shift system from 96 hours per week to 42.

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