Policies agreed at the annual conference of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), dating back to 1975, can be found on this page.


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Fire and rescue service (FRS) recruitment

Year: 2018

After years of austerity measures that have seen the Fire Service operating at dangerously low establishment levels, many Fire Services are now looking to recruit firefighters.


Universal basic income

Year: 2018

Conference notes the need for a rebuilding of a modern social security system for men and women as part of tackling poverty, inequality and the threat to labour from automation.


National promotion process

Year: 2018

Conference instructs the Executive Council to raise the issue of promotion, along with any associated processes, in UK Fire and Rescue Services with the national employers. This, with a clear...

National database of information requests

Year: 2018

Conference notes that through the Mailgate system, the number and types of requests for information from Officials are increasing. Conference recognises that the gathering and sharing of this...

Shift systems

Year: 2018

Conference opposes the opportunistic methods employed by Brigades to impose an agenda of cuts to operational staff in the name of modernisation. Conference instructs Officials that when a Fire and...

Attendance times

Year: 2018

Conference notes the devastating effect the Conservative Government’s ideological austerity program is having on our public services, including the Fire Service.

The reduction in...

Facility time for brigade officials

Year: 2018

Conference recognises the increasing pressures placed upon Brigade Officials. Since the demise of the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council and national attendance standards being replaced by...

Critical attendance standards (CAST) 2018

Year: 2018

Conference previously supported the use of the Fire Brigades Unions’ Critical Attendance Standard (CAST) and intervention window methodologies (as recommended in the 2004 Fire Brigades Union...

Work outside firefighter rolemaps

Year: 2018

Conference is concerned that the “duty to collaborate” between emergency services and Police and Crime Commissioners taking over governance of Fire and Rescue Services, will put increasing...

Government proposals on gender recognition act

Year: 2018

In the run up to the 2017 General Election the Conservatives made a pledge if elected to government to reform the Gender Recognition Act making it easier for Trans people to legally register in...