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Accidental Injury & Death Insurance

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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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We're here for when you need us, 24/7

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

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Fire Service individuals recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Our warmest congratulations to those who were included within the Queen’s Birthday Honours over the weekend, namely: Queens Fire Service Medal (QFSM – for Distinguished Service)  Brian Hawes, Watch Commander, Suffolk Caroline Anderson, Temporary Watch Manager, Devon & Somerset Adam Eckley, acting Chief Fire Officer, Essex David Curry, Chief Fire Officer, Hampshire Ms Linda Coughlan, Watch […]

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New Police and Fire Minister Announced

Following the general election last week, the government has appointed a new Police and Fire Minister. Nick Hurd MP replaces Brandon Lewis MP. We look forward to meeting the new minister in the coming weeks and hope that this appointment will provide some much needed stability in the department as Mr Hurd will be the […]

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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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