A REVIEW of Britain’s fire and rescue services has been branded “incompetent, irrelevant and misleading” by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
The supposedly independent Adrian Thomas review into working conditions in the fire and rescue service is published today, some 20 months after its completion last year.
The review supports government plans to put fire and rescue services under the control of police and crime commissioners, which the FBU strongly opposes.
It also claims that the “current right to withdraw labour is incompatible” with “public expectations” of firefighters — recommending that the government place restrictions on the right to strike.
Mr Thomas is now a deputy director of the Conservative government’s Cabinet Office.
FBU assistant general secretary Andy Dark said: “This review has no relevance for the fire and rescue service, which probably explains why it is has taken almost two years to publish. Its author has no understanding whatsoever of the fire sector and he clearly made scant effort to gain a grounding in the basics of fire and rescue before writing his review.”