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WDS shift and annual leave alignment

In November 2016, a collective agreement was made that details the wholetime duty system. This document sets out agreed arrangements for wholetime fire station staff and, where appropriate, day crewing, nucleus crewing, Fire Control and retained duty system staff. The agreement will be implemented in stages between 1 January and 1 April 2017.

The agreement was wide ranging but watch alignment and annual leave harmonisation will start to take effect in January 2017. The stages set out below may seem a little complicated; however, their implementation will mean that all watches will be aligned across Dorset and Wiltshire.

Stage One

Dorset wholetime stations are changing the process for requesting and booking annual leave. This is a move away from having allocated blocks of leave, enabling more flexibility and locally managed leave arrangements. This will align with the process for Wiltshire stations.

From 1 January 2017, all Dorset WDS staff will have a 15 month leave year, running from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Stage Two

On Monday 9 January 2017, Dorset wholetime stations changed watch colours to align with Wiltshire wholetime shift stations and Service Control Centre. The changes taking place in January will only affect Dorset wholetime stations.

Use the following link to view detail of the Wholetime Duty System Collective Agreement – including coloured grids to illustrate the watch changes.

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