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Letter of thanks to Beaconsfield Crews

Last Tuesday Beaconsfield Blue Watch hosted the local Beaver Group and assisted with the children gaining their "Safety Activity Badge" Evening Carl A huge Thank You to you and Ant for hosting the 4th Beaconsfield Beavers (and a few cubs and Klingons) last night. We all thought...

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Operational crew visit Thames Valley Fire Control

On Wednesday the 19th of April 2017, Beaconsfield Fire station On-Call unit visited Thames Valley Fire Control to meet the control operators and get a better idea of how emergency calls are taken and the services assets are mobilised across all three counties (Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and...

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How to contribute to the People Strategy

Our People Strategy demonstrates how Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority (BMKFA) will create the environment to optimise the engagement, commitment and professionalism of all our people to achieve the Authority’s Vision, Aims, Priorities and Objectives that are set out in the Public Safety and...

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Apprenticeship familiarisation event to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with an Apprenticeship familiarisation event at Aylesbury Fire Station. The organisation currently has 25 apprentices working in firefighting roles throughout Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes and in support staff roles at headquarters in Aylesbury. A series of information and "hands-on"...

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Prepare for change

 Securing a stable financial future The CFO is working hard at a political level to secure a long term financial forecast. However, a range of scenarios have been modelled to effectively prepare for different financial positions.   Planning to our budget This table from the Medium Term Financial Plan...

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Develop flexible working practices

Marlow Fire Station alternative crewing model One of the work streams of the area reviews and on-call improvement projects is to explore a more flexible approach to crewing arrangements at on-call fire stations. Marlow Fire station has been identified to pilot a flexible crewing system where staff...

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Provide alternative working

Prevention is better than cure The Authority has published a fitness procedure for all operational staff and is committed to establishing a positive, well-being culture throughout the whole Service.  The procedure also encourages support services employees to be involved, as keeping fit and healthy throughout your...

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Explore collaboration

In June 2015 the Fire Authority signed off a Memorandum of Understanding with Royal Berkshire and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Services. The purpose of the MOU is to commit each fire and rescue service to look at collaboration within the Thames Valley as a first...

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Assist with the future

Reduced numbers of incidents Over the last decade (between 2002/03 to 2012/13) there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of fire related incidents and consequent deaths and injuries across the country.   2002/03 – 2012/13 England Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fires (table 3a) 63% 54% Non-fatal fire casualties (table 3g) 54% 68% Deaths (table 3e) 35% Too...

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CFOA ageing workforce research participation

There has been a lot of research around how we can adapt to support an ageing operational workforce in the future. This is why our People Strategy clearly sets out our intention to refocus and ensure older Fire-fighters are fully utilised throughout their careers. Our Head...

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Buckingham dementia-friendly alliance

A dementia-friendly community is one that continually works to improve social inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia and one that involves the whole community working together. Over the coming months employees at Buckingham Fire Station are planning to talk to as many small...

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Child obesity

Buckingham Fire Station personnel are currently planning two initiatives to help tackle the growing child obesity problem. The first initiative will target key stage two children who will attend the Fire Station as part of their curriculum to be given basic nutritional guidance by one of...

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Co-responding to medical emergencies

The Service has been working closely in collaboration with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) since March 2014, providing co-responding assistance to medical emergencies. SCAS, as with many ambulance trusts, are experiencing difficulties in meeting their attendance times to red one and two emergencies. This is mainly...

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Apprenticeships

Following the Government’s announcement on the 14 June 2015 stating their intention to enshrine in law, the commitment to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, and for public sector bodies to play a mandatory role in achieving that commitment, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority...

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Succession planning

We know from our workforce planning data what knowledge, skills and experience we are likely to lose soon. This valuable data allows us to prepare for the future and develop our people for new roles and responsibilities in the longer term. For example, by using a...

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Our equality and diversity objectives

Our overall strategic objective is to employ the best people. We will do this by:   Recruiting, engaging and retaining the most high-performing, highly motivated people regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. Aiming, over time, to employ a...

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Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

Centrally located, outside of London with quick and easy access via the trunk road network, we are able to provide an excellent response to the South-East, the Midlands and reach into London. This can offer greater resilience than USAR team’s “city based” that could be...

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