NORTH Yorkshire fire crews have accused their head of forcing them to work in more supervisory roles without enough training.
They say a severe shortage of properly trained supervisory staff, coupled with apparent mismanagement of personnel, means this is happening on a daily basis.
The Fire Brigades' Union says this is a major concern.
It says firefighters are being forced to work as untrained crew managers in charge of firefighters at stations and, more alarmingly, at emergency incidents.
The union adds that many crew managers are being forced to work as watch managers in charge of stations without completing the necessary training.
A union spokesman
said: "This has been happening for months on a daily basis.
"We challenge Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson about what he intends to do."