first_imgThe London Fire Brigade has issued a statement on the Buncrana job losses, insisting it was forced to fire the company due to poor service.The brigade said it has appointed Babcock International Group to manage and maintain its fleet of fire engines and specialist equipment on an interim basis.Twenty-nine people in Co Donegal have lost their jobs as a result. They’ve been told they won’t get redundancy payments or pay for November. The claims of poor service have been competed refuted and rejected by the staff of Assetco in Buncrana.A spokesman for LFB said: “Due to a deterioration of the services provided by Premier Fire Serve Limited (previously called AssetCo London Ltd), the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, which runs the Brigade, has exercised its right to terminate the contract and appoint a new provider.“While undertaking a full, competitive procurement of the services it has appointed Babcock to maintain the fleet on an interim basis of 18 months until the new provider has been appointed.”London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “This move should stabilise the way in which our vehicles and equipment are managed and enable London Fire Brigade to continue to provide the Capital with the world class fire and rescue service it deserves.” The organisation said that Babcock already delivers a fleet management service to the emergency services sector.This includes managing the Metropolitan Police’s 4,000 strong operational fleet and the Government’s National Resilience Fire and Rescue Capability. The National Resilience fleet of 650 vehicles and modules, as well as 175,000 items of equipment, is available to Fire and Rescue Services across England and Wales in the event of major incidents.The English capital’s fire service claimed that “deteriorating service levels under the contract had resulted in London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) exercising its contractual options against Premier FireServe Limited to terminate the contract which had previously been in place for the management of the Brigade’s vehicle fleet.”The statement went on: “As a result, KPMG were appointed as Administrators and immediately entered into contracts and arrangements with both the Authority and Babcock to ensure that there was no break in the continuity of service.“The interim contract between the Authority and Babcock will run for an interim period during which the Authority will re-procure for a new contract for the longer term. “Premier FireServe Limited was previously called AssetCo London Limited, a subsidiary of AssetCo PLC, and was sold to AB & B Limited in August this year.“The contract will be run by Babcock Critical Services Limited, a subsidiary of leading engineering support services organisation Babcock International Group PLC.”A spokesman for the Assetco centre in Buncrana have completely refuted claims that they are part of the sector which is being blamed for “poor service”.He said at no time was their performance ever questioned by London Fire Brigade. BUNCRANA JOB LOSSES: LONDON FIRE BRIGADE SAYS POOR SERVICE FORCED IT TO END CONTRACT was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BUNCRANA JOB LOSSES: LONDON FIRE BRIGADE SAYS POOR SERVICE FORCED IT TO END CONTRACTlast_img

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