Reacting to proposals to axe Oxfordshire fire control and move services to a combined Thames Valley control room Sharon Riley, FBU executive council member for Control, said: â€œThese proposals are ill thought out and an insult to the professionalism of our members working in Oxfordshire Fire Control.
â€œOnly earlier this month members proved their worth when dealing with challenging circumstances arising out of the Didcot power station fire.
â€œFire crews know the value of having fully trained local control room operators as part of the team response.
â€œIt is critical that crews and equipment are sent to the correct rendezvous points from the correct stations and that the required information is passed on to them.
â€œSince the abandonment of the regional control model in 2010 there has been no investment in control rooms – only cash thrown at brigades for “collaboration projects” which have not been properly risk assessed.
â€œThe reduction in the number of control rooms and the professionals working within them is a risk to national resilience, public and firefighter safetyâ€.
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