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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Aerial appliance attendance times

Year: 2017

This Conference recognises that aerial appliances are lifesaving appliances and play an essential
safety role at many incidents, often forming a key element of safe operating procedures. In...

Occupational stress definition

Year: 2017

Conference notes that occupational stress and mental ill-health related to the work place is on
the increase and affects all FBU Members. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) fi gures...

Operational discretion policies

Year: 2017

Following the introduction of the FBU’s Operational Discretion Policy to aid FBU offi cials in
discussions locally, many Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) have now sought to introduce

Dying to work campaign

Year: 2017

Conference notes that the Equality Act provides protections against discriminatory treatment
based on the concept of ‘Protected Characteristics’. Currently workers with a terminal...

Reduced crewing and safety

Year: 2017

Conference is dismayed at the increases we are seeing regarding Fire and Rescue Services
attempting to introduce new types of fi re service vehicles to respond to emergency incidents

Communications on the incident ground

Year: 2017

This Conference notes the outcomes of the investigation into the Balmoral Bar incident.
The lessons identifi ed from this incident include a need to renew the emphasis on the resourcing...

Firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE)

Year: 2017

Conference is concerned around the adequacy of fi refi ghter PPE. Our Members are being
injured at incidents and worryingly in training environments. The PPE we are provided should be

Wholetime/retained contracts

Year: 2017

Conference condemns the practice of Fire Authorities and service management utilising
secondary contracts for Wholetime Duty System (WDS) fi refi ghters to increase the availability...