The Fire Brigades Union has taken a stand against unsafe duty systems in the UK fire and rescue service. Some fire services are asking firefighters to work up to 96 hours continuously. The union thinks these shift lenghs are dangerous for the public and firefighters. In a significant legal victory, a High Court recently ruled that asking firefighters to work 96 hours continuously was unlawful. Read our press release here. The judgement is available to read here. 

Below you will find a list of resources relating to unsafe duty systems. 

Related resources

"Day crew plus" duty systems (all members circular)

Firefighters win landmark right to potential compensation for injury to feelings after employer imposes new shift system

Firefighters' union wins right to challenge dangerously long working patterns

Fire chief slammed over plans to introduce Victorian style shifts

Firefighter safety - duty systems (2016 conference policy)

Duty systems: condemnation of excessive hours of work and other terms and conditions which are inferior to those contained within the Grey book (2016 conference policy)

Close proximity crewing (2015 conference policy)

Legal victory after service tries to "double" working week (youtube video)

96 hour shift system proposed in Cambridgeshire is 'unsafe and unlawful' (youtube video)