IN early 2019, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) will introduce alternative crewing arrangements at Llanelli and Pontardawe Fire and Rescue Stations. Both stations currently operate a Self-Rostered Crewing System (SRC).
Llanelli Fire Station will change to a Wholetime 2.2.4 Crewing System. This system will continue to ensure Llanelli is crewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Pontardawe Fire Station will adopt a Day Crewed System, which operates with a crew of 13 wholetime firefighters. These firefighters will crew the station during the day, seven days a week, whilst responding to calls at night from their homes on a rotational basis.
These changes have been deemed necessary by MAWWFRS following the determination of The Hon Mr Justice Kerr that the Close Proximity Crewing (CPC), a model in use at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, was operating unlawfully in relation to the Working Time Directive Regulations.
Whilst the SRC arrangements in operation at Pontardawe and Llanelli Fire Stations are not exactly the same as those operating in South Yorkshire and have not been considered as part of the Hon Mr Justice Kerr determination, it would be remiss of us not to consider the similarities between the two systems.
Staff at both stations as well as trade union representatives, have fed into the discussions that have taken place leading to the decision and the decision has been fed back to them through a series of visits to the station, most recently by the Chief Fire Officer. Communication and engagement will continue through the various stages of implementing these plans.