NFCC appoints new On-Call Lead

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Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Healey, of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, has been appointed NFCC Lead for On-call, following Chief Fire Officers Rob MacDougall and Jon Pryce stepping away to lead the People Programme.

Healey will be assisted in this role by Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Cole from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. Both Healey and Cole bring decades of experience of working with On-Call firefighters and said they are looking forward to sharing their expertise and passion, supporting the vital role that On-call firefighters undertake across the UK on a daily basis.  

Healey and Cole take over the role with immediate effect and will be scoping the required work. Future work is likely to incorporate findings from the Working Patterns project, in addition to completing research and data studies in to the productivity, efficiency and sustainability of the on-call duty system.  

Commenting on the news, Healey said: “I’m delighted to be leading on On-call for NFCC and for UK FRS. It’s a huge privilege to be able to influence what On-call looks like for the fire and rescue sector.

“I’m confident that together with fire and rescue services, we can strengthen our On-call offering for our existing On-call Firefighters and those who are yet to join us.

“One of our first tasks is to establish robust governance arrangements and ensure the practitioners forum is re-established, in order to share all of the good practice that is already out there.

“I’m delighted to say that Area Manager Gary Ball from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has volunteered to lead the practitioners forum and plans are underway to host a strategic and practitioner workshop in May, where existing research will be shared and future work plans agreed”.

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