Further to the number of Newsletters concerning the minor maintenance of B.A.

Amongst other things, the Joint Statement included -

These activities include:

  • Managing the sets being sent to Draeger for repair;
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  • Managing the Area logistics sets;
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  • Maintaining cylinders and servicing valves;
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  • Testing gas suits;
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  • Testing air purity.

Fire Service staff will also carry out repairs to the B.A. Sets that do not require the set to be re-tested. For example – replacing harness parts, neck-straps and LDV covers. Draeger has developed a set of instructions for carrying out their work and the Fire Service has offered to train and certify staff to do it. This includes training on servicing the new 90 degree valves and air purity testing.

Fire Service staff will also carry out repairs to the B.A. Sets that do not require the set to be re-tested. For example – replacing harness parts, neck-straps and LDV covers. Draeger has developed a set of instructions for carrying out their work and the Fire Service has offered to train and certify staff to do it. This includes training on servicing the new 90 degree valves and air purity testing.

We envisage that all users on Stations will carry out battery changes in the communications units and manage the battery packs in the telemetry sets. However, we will fit in-cab chargers to all telemetry sets later this year, which will significantly reduce the need to exchange these battery packs.”

It seems to be clear that:

  • There is no impediment from the Union to members taking on the limited minor maintenance work required that does not require re-testing to take place;
  • There has never been a payment for B.A. Technicians only – only TELARC qualified persons;
  • The person carrying out minor maintenance must be trained and certified.

Work such as this is picked up in the Job Sizing for pay purposes, and this and other specialist work will continue to be picked up in the future.

Union Organisation Chart

At Conference 2013, Local delegates were given sufficient Union organizational charts for every Station. If your Station does not yet have one displayed, please contact your Local Conference delegate.

Troy Mahupuku

As you will know, the Union, on behalf of the Fire Service Associated Agencies, has been collecting donations for Troy and his Family.

On 19th December, at a small function at Avalon Station (Lower Hutt), the amount collected was presented to Troy.

Christmas/New Year

The Head Office will be closed from 24th December 2013 to 7th January 2014.

In the case of any serious matters requiring urgent attention, please make contact through a National Committee member.

Best Wishes to Members and Families for Christmas and the New Year.

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