The Fire Department (FBU) said the Gosport Fire Department had to see a draft incover from another fire department last Tuesday after being decimated due to Covid’s absence.
According to the union, no roster firefighters were available in Gosport during the night shift on December 28th.
However, according to the fire department, firefighters were brought in from other stations, but Gosport was entirely a crew member and Covid was not the reason for his absence. It is written that the crew moved while maintaining the cover as usual.
Area Manager Kevin Evenett, Operations Assistant Director Hampshire The Isle of Wight Fire Rescue Team said: ‘The Gosport Fire Department became a full crew member on December 28th.
“As with all emergency services, there is a strong emergency response plan to cover the absence of staff and keep reviewing those plans so that they can continue to respond when needed. Includes moving firefighters and fire trucks when needed to maintain the cover.
“All colleagues remembered the importance of protecting themselves and others from Covid-19. This included wearing a face mask, practicing social distance if possible, laterally. Includes the use of flow testing, isolation if necessary. ”
The FBU claims that the Hampshire and Isle of Wight fire rescue teams made about 40 people self-reliant that day. According to the fire department, on January 3, 64 firefighters, or 4.4% of the workforce, were Covid or self-quarantined.
Mark Chapman, Regional Secretary of the Fire Union’s Regional 12, said: There was one fire station left without a firefighter, so I had to rent a firefighter from another fire station.
“Because Omicron is in control of the whole country, it’s common in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, and more.
“That’s because the government has cut fire and rescue services to the point of pain. Hampshire has lost almost one in five firefighters since 2010, and the Isle of Wight has lost more than one in four in the same period. I did. ”
The union claims that the shortage of staff between December 28th and January 2nd made fire trucks unavailable at several other stations.
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The Hampshire Fire Department has denied allegations that Gosport was left “no firefighters” because of Omicron.
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