Crew changes at Barnstaple fire station

AGREED changes to the arrangement of crewing of the aerial ladder at Barnstaple Fire Station are due to come into effect on Monday. The Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) based in the town – as well as those in Exeter and Torquay – will be duel-crewed using p

AGREED changes to the arrangement of crewing of the aerial ladder at Barnstaple Fire Station are due to come into effect on Monday.

The Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) based in the town - as well as those in Exeter and Torquay - will be "duel-crewed" using personnel from the other available fire appliances on those stations.

Previously, each of these ALPs had a dedicated crew of two personnel but in May 2007, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service agreed to align the crewing arrangements with those of the former Somerset service.

The fire service said that although the changes were controversial at the time, the results of a consultation exercise showed that members of the public supported the changes.


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Visits have been arranged to the three stations to ensure that all operational staff understand how the changes will affect them.

Supporting the role out of the new arrangements, area manager Steve Widnell, said: "We have had no recorded incidents where an aerial appliance had been involved in a life saving rescue at a fire.

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Some staff remain concerned about the changes but we have worked with them to ensure that the changes will not have any adverse effect on the safety of the community or the safety of our fire fighters.

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