Recruitment Process for Fire Services too Lengthy says Wayne Letang
For a number of years the Fire and Ambulance Services has been operating with inadequate staff, however, their concern about this issue may take some time before it can be addressed.
In an exclusive interview with SAT TV, Wayne Letang, Public Relations Officer Of The Fire & Ambulance Service says, this may be due to the lengthy recruitment process.
He noted, although it is lengthy, that is the process they must use according to protocols of the Public Service Act, but we need persons and we are not getting them as often as we need.
Letang noted, they would like to see the recruitment process work much faster than it currently does.
He noted there is currently a recruitment drive and they recently interviewed 80 individuals over a two day process, for selecting names to be reviewed.
He explained, this involves doing background checks by the Police Force Special Branch to then draft a final list, which then has to be submitted to Cabinet for approval.
“If we are talking about the Fire Department structure for basic firefighting we would need about 150 persons, now looking at our establishment we only currently have 117 persons which needs to be improved,” Letang explained.
“We would like to see at least 25 new recruits immediately which would be a promising sign, seeing there are vacancies to fill right now and the numbers are not what is expected,” Letang stated.
Plans are being developed for upgrading of both the Laplaine and Castle Bruce Fire Stations, which are currently only operated as ambulance stations he added.
He pointed out that, there are also administrative issues that need to be dealt with, but without the adequate personnel it cannot be done, as they need at least 70 new recruits.
The fire officer noted, even with the large number of recent interviews, this is in no way a guarantee that new personnel will be added to the Fire Service this year, but they will remain optimistic.