Shift changes at Sunderland fire station will leave firefighters fatigued, fears union

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A FIREFIGHTER’S Union fears its members could become “fatigued” because of having to work 96-hour weeks.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has voiced its concerns about the changes to shifts that are being planned at the new station that will replace the one at Rainton Bridge.

Russ King, FBU chairman for Tyne and Wear, said: “They’re thinking about changing the location and opening up with another type of staffing model.

“The issue we’ve got is not with the opening or shutting, but with the new shift pattern.

“The new system will mean there will be fewer posts at the station and firefighters are going to have to be working almost Victorian hours.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue declined to comment.