Members may be aware that on Thursday 4 August the Union issued Hazard Notices to the Fire Service in Auckland in relation to the Hazmat Pods and componentry carried by 2018 and 3318.
This came about because members had identified hazards and related safety concerns whilst attempting to use the pods and componentry. As usual, Management has largely ignored or rubbished these concerns.
As a result, in an attempt to get Management to address the identified Health and Safety hazards, the Local has essentially “blacked” the pods and componentry. As such, they are not to be handled, moved or placed back upon the vehicles mentioned until a satisfactory resolution is obtained.
This action does not impede the response of both vehicles in their ICU configuration or the use of the two current pods. Of course, if members have Health and Safety concerns with regard to equipment carried or the use of the two current pods, they should immediately advise the Union so a reassessment of this position can occur.
Therefore, it should be clearly understood by members that the remaining four pods are not to be placed on the vehicles. This is a legitimate and legal Health and Safety instruction, one which the employer is fully aware of and has accepted.
If any member feels they are being harassed or intimidated by managers to place the pods on the appliances, they are to notify the Union immediately.
The ‘bullyboy’ tactics undertaken in Auckland associated with these vehicles by Fire Service Managers is no longer going to be tolerated.
Further concerns should be directed to the Auckland Union Office.