My office in City Hall is next to Brian Coleman’s, he is currently making space on his office wall for the Mr Toad posters that the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) produced last week for the opening of the new Harold Hill fire station. If any of you have the Coleman mustard one he’d like a copy of that too please.
The FBU’s attacks on Brian have been aggressive and highly personal and these posters follow that pattern. The FBU are angry because London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) and senior managers of the Fire Brigade are changing the shift patterns in the light of changing risks and likely funding reductions.
The FBU want everything to stay the same, this includes the retention of beds in fire stations. Arguments like this completely undermine the position of the FBU, which other night shift job would it be seen as appropriate for people to get to work and then go to sleep?
I have met a lot of fire fighters and as I said in my post of last week, they do a fantastic and often dangerous job. The brigade is doing great work helping to change the lives of some of London’s most disadvantaged kids but this great work is being overshadowed and undermined by the foolish actions of the FBU.