Canvey firefighter suspended after allegedly making hoax 999 call

Echo: Canvey fire station Canvey fire station

A RETAINED firefighter has been suspended for allegedly making a hoax 999 call.

The officer, based at Canvey fire station, is alleged to have made the call at about 10pm on Saturday, November 3 - a night when many fireworks displays were being held in Castle Point and across south Essex.

It is understood a call was made from a phone box claiming there was fire at a shop in Canvey High Street.

When the alarm was raised the operator is said to have heard a pager go off.

All retained firefighters carry the devices so they can be alerted when they are needed to attend a 999 emergency.

It is alleged that when the caller was challenged about whether they were a firefighter, the person hung up.

Retained firefighters get paid an hourly rate that varies according to experience and contractual terms, but trainee firefighters earn £9.66 an hour and competent firemen are paid £12.88 for each job they are called out on.

Julian Ashley, east area commander and senior divisional officer for the fire service, said: “A firefighter at the fire station has been suspended while an internal investigation is carried out.

“The matter has also been reported to the police as is service policy for all malicious calls.”

The incident is one of a number of allegations being levied at staff at the retained fire station.

The fire service was forced to investigate the disappearance of about £450 from a safe that was raised during a charity fire engine pull for Canvey schoolboy Danny Green, 11, who died earlier this year after battling a brain tumour.

One local resident also told the Echo that firefighters were recruited too quickly when the station became retained last September.

But Mr Ashley said: “Though recruited relatively quickly to enable the introduction of a change to crewing arrangements, no Essex fire recruits are allowed to be active, operational firefighters without having passed a range of stringent physical tests and having completed rigorous training - that is the case at Canvey fire station.

“As with any group of employees, a number of personnel issues arise over which the service has little or no control. In these instances, management action is robust with full internal investigation initiated immediately and the appropriate disciplinary action taken where necessary.

“We can confirm that the matter of missing money was investigated earlier this year both by ECFRS and Essex Police but in the absence of any conclusive evidence, the case was closed.”

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10:55am Thu 15 Nov 12

Old Boy says...

Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.
Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion. Old Boy
  • Score: -1

10:59am Thu 15 Nov 12

shallotman says...

All to do with money then
All to do with money then shallotman
  • Score: -1

11:22am Thu 15 Nov 12

AndyBSG says...

Old Boy wrote:
Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.
+1

When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.
[quote][p][bold]Old Boy[/bold] wrote: Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.[/p][/quote]+1 When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops. AndyBSG
  • Score: -2

12:04pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Soouthchurch59 says...

shallotman wrote:
All to do with money then
.....or boredom, the desire to be a hero, or mild mental abnormalities!
[quote][p][bold]shallotman[/bold] wrote: All to do with money then[/p][/quote].....or boredom, the desire to be a hero, or mild mental abnormalities! Soouthchurch59
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Rayleigh Reader says...

AndyBSG wrote:
Old Boy wrote:
Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.
+1

When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.
I think you'll find the retained firefighters are more passionate and just as professional about their career in the fire service as their Full time (2 days and 2 nights then 4 off) Colleagues!!!
[quote][p][bold]AndyBSG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Boy[/bold] wrote: Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.[/p][/quote]+1 When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find the retained firefighters are more passionate and just as professional about their career in the fire service as their Full time (2 days and 2 nights then 4 off) Colleagues!!! Rayleigh Reader
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Smudge0407 says...

Rayleigh Reader wrote:
AndyBSG wrote:
Old Boy wrote:
Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.
+1

When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.
I think you'll find the retained firefighters are more passionate and just as professional about their career in the fire service as their Full time (2 days and 2 nights then 4 off) Colleagues!!!
There are some very good and dedicated retained fire fighters who do a fantastic job and should be praised. The ones that are doing this have had very little training (even though ecrfs think it's enough), and act like full time fire fighters with many years of experience and really believe that they are fantastic (which they are not).
[quote][p][bold]Rayleigh Reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AndyBSG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Boy[/bold] wrote: Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.[/p][/quote]+1 When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find the retained firefighters are more passionate and just as professional about their career in the fire service as their Full time (2 days and 2 nights then 4 off) Colleagues!!![/p][/quote]There are some very good and dedicated retained fire fighters who do a fantastic job and should be praised. The ones that are doing this have had very little training (even though ecrfs think it's enough), and act like full time fire fighters with many years of experience and really believe that they are fantastic (which they are not). Smudge0407
  • Score: -2

6:31pm Thu 15 Nov 12

mcnasty says...

Bring back the full time firefighters to Canvey.
Everyone living and working there would feel safer.
Bring back the full time firefighters to Canvey. Everyone living and working there would feel safer. mcnasty
  • Score: -1

8:19pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Old Boy says...

Rayleigh Reader wrote:
AndyBSG wrote:
Old Boy wrote:
Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.
+1

When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.
I think you'll find the retained firefighters are more passionate and just as professional about their career in the fire service as their Full time (2 days and 2 nights then 4 off) Colleagues!!!
You have a point, All retained firefighters live with-in their community and should be proud to serve them, but you nearly always get one that spoils it for the the rest.
[quote][p][bold]Rayleigh Reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AndyBSG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Boy[/bold] wrote: Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.[/p][/quote]+1 When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find the retained firefighters are more passionate and just as professional about their career in the fire service as their Full time (2 days and 2 nights then 4 off) Colleagues!!![/p][/quote]You have a point, All retained firefighters live with-in their community and should be proud to serve them, but you nearly always get one that spoils it for the the rest. Old Boy
  • Score: 1

8:40pm Fri 16 Nov 12

iknowbetter says...

AndyBSG wrote:
Old Boy wrote: Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.
+1 When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.
Thats complete RUBBISH!!!
[quote][p][bold]AndyBSG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Boy[/bold] wrote: Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.[/p][/quote]+1 When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.[/p][/quote]Thats complete RUBBISH!!! iknowbetter
  • Score: 2

10:53am Mon 19 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

Rayleigh Reader wrote:
AndyBSG wrote:
Old Boy wrote:
Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.
+1

When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.
I think you'll find the retained firefighters are more passionate and just as professional about their career in the fire service as their Full time (2 days and 2 nights then 4 off) Colleagues!!!
Your beef seems to be that full time fire fighters had an easy life with little work load. That may be true, but now we have the worst of both worlds. Not a fully manned 24 hours a day station which I and many residents think is essential on Canvey, but a station relying on retained fire fighters which is in effect the hope that enough of them will be available to get to the station man the engine and attend the call. I would rather have the full time fire fighters in a 24 hour maintained fire station with whatever shift pattern the full time fire fighters have.
What next retained emergency ambulance staff who respond to a pager?
[quote][p][bold]Rayleigh Reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AndyBSG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Boy[/bold] wrote: Did not have this problem when it was full time. This will leave a bitter taste on the station, everyone looking at one another with suspicion.[/p][/quote]+1 When you go from full time firefighters who have chosen to make it their career to part time staff then it's no surprise that the level of professionalism drops.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find the retained firefighters are more passionate and just as professional about their career in the fire service as their Full time (2 days and 2 nights then 4 off) Colleagues!!![/p][/quote]Your beef seems to be that full time fire fighters had an easy life with little work load. That may be true, but now we have the worst of both worlds. Not a fully manned 24 hours a day station which I and many residents think is essential on Canvey, but a station relying on retained fire fighters which is in effect the hope that enough of them will be available to get to the station man the engine and attend the call. I would rather have the full time fire fighters in a 24 hour maintained fire station with whatever shift pattern the full time fire fighters have. What next retained emergency ambulance staff who respond to a pager? John T Pharro
  • Score: 0

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