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Bedfordshire firefighters to work 24-hour shifts

Firefighters in Bedfordshire are set to begin working continuous 24-hour shifts.

The new shift pattern has been agreed by Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Brigades Union.

"The new system will allow us to have more control over the rest firefighters have at work and between shifts," said chief fire officer Paul Fuller.

Bedford and Luton fire stations will introduce the new arrangements in May.

At present, officers work two day shifts followed by two night shifts, before taking three days off.

Under the new rules, this will change to 24-hours on shift, followed by 72-hours off, with firefighters having a dedicated seven-hour rest period from midnight when they will only be attending emergency calls.

Mr Fuller added that the public would not notice any change when they dialled 999.

"We will still respond as quickly and with the same resources as before," he said.

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