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Co-Responder Schemes

Co-Responder Schemes

The RFU has always supported the use of Co-Responder schemes within the Fire Service.

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Social Media – WhatsApp

The number of disciplinary cases requiring RFU representation relating to social media has fallen over the last 18 months. This is clearly a move in the right direction and due to a number of reasons including greater awareness by operational staff of what is and is not treated as being acceptable by local FRS. The […]

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Pensions – Modified Scheme

Over the past few months we have become aware of a variety of methods, local fire services administer the process whereby Retained staff pay for historical pension contributions when joining the Modified Pension Scheme. Some of these methods give us cause for concern in that in some instances members/employees are not receiving the appropriate tax […]

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Essex FRS – Cultural Review

Following on from the Culture Review of Essex Fire & Rescue Service (EFRS) undertaken in March 2015, Sir Ken Knight visited the service for two days in July this year, to establish the amount of progress that had been made so far. We acknowledge that the work needed to challenge and change the past culture […]

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Suicide notes talk too late

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day Men, we need to talk. Go to weneedtotalk.movember.com for more information on how to start important conversations and share this video to keep the conversation going.

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