Members are reminded that it is Union policy, which has been enforced for a considerable time, that members, when performing Training Instructor duties for "1 Day Courses" such as First Aid and CFBT, must not be on duty and part of MSM.
The Training Department has a budget which covers the overtime requirements for these individuals, and members must be aware that when, or if, they do carry out the role of Training Instructor when on duty, this action effectively reduces the MSM figure by 4 in most cases. This is not acceptable to the Union.
Members must try to ensure that Specialist Appliances such as the Hazmat Unit, the ICU, the Aerialscope or the Turntable Ladder do not attend Training Courses at distant locations such as Ardmore Airfield. To allow this to happen again reduces the effective MSM figure, as the vehicles are so far away or are so delayed in response, that it is equivalent to placing them Out of Commission, which must not be allowed to happen.
Members are all aware of the NZFS record in the maintenance of MSM, as shown in the Silverdale situation, where the Union believes the NZFS are reducing the MSM figure on a daily basis by removing career appliances to cover a Volunteer District, which they say is not part of MSM.
Remember do not carry out Instructor roles when on shift.