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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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Rise in fire-related deaths in England

The number of fire-related deaths in England has risen sharply according to recent data published by the Home Office. It was inevitable that the downward trend over the last 10 years was likely to reverse at some point and time will tell as to whether this is the start of a stabilisation period. Taking one […]

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New Pay Rates for 2016/17

Following a nationally agreed 1% pay increase to Grey Book staff of all roles (including CPD payments), we have provided details of the new rates below. RDS Pay Rates for 2016/17 CPD pay rates for 2016/17

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New Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service

Following the appointment of the new Prime Minister and subsequent government reshuffle, Brandon Lewis MP has been appointed to the position of Minister of State for Police and the Fire Service. Mr Lewis previously held the Fire Minister position when ‘Fire’ was within the Department for Communities and Local Government. Mr Lewis is the fourth Minister […]

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Fire Reform Transparency Survey

Back in May this year, the Home Secretary set out her vision for the fire and rescue service in England, including the need to bring greater transparency by publishing more service information to the public online, similar to the the Police.uk website. The intention is to make information more accessible to the public so that they […]

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