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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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As an organisation solely focused on RDS employees we have no conflict of interest.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is ‘Mental Health Awareness Week‘ and the RFU will be supporting efforts to raise awareness of the importance of identifying the signs of mental health issues early and the support mechanisms available to deal with mental health.   Acknowledging and supporting members with mental health in the fire service is more difficult to […]

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RFU Position Statements

There are two subjects that are regularly raised with us by both members and non-members, these being the issue of Fitness Standards and Migration to the Wholetime Duty System.   As an organisation, we predicted as far back as 2008, that the issue of a national fitness standard had the potential to create a massive problem […]

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Home Office funds PCCs to support further police and fire collaboration

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Brandon Lewis has awarded £1 million from the Police Transformation Fund to 9 police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for their work in developing proposals to take on the additional responsibility for the governance of fire and rescue in their area. The proposals are expected to bring about a […]

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RFU E-BULLETIN – March 2017

Fire Service Funding – Advertising/Branding Since 2005 when the then government were in the throes of putting together the publication ‘Retained Duty System – A Review of the Recruitment and Retention Challenges’, the RFU argued that if the government were truly serious about overcoming the deficient of Retained Firefighter posts across the country, there needed […]

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