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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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Revised Fire & Rescue National Framework (England)

Home Office are consulting on a revised Fire and Rescue National Framework for England. The National Framework sets priorities and objectives for fire and rescue authorities in England in connection with the discharge of their functions. Fire and rescue authorities have a duty to have regard to the Framework. The National Framework was last published […]

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HMICFRS publish draft framework

Consultation has begun on HMICFRS’ proposed inspection programme and framework for fire and rescue services 2018/19. This consultation is the first for the new fire and rescue service inspection programme and follows the news that Suffolk, Staffordshire and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services have been selected for the pilot inspections due to take place in January. […]

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1% pay increase for 2017/18 goes ahead

We have received confirmation that the NJC has agreed to uplift salaries across the board by 1.0%, including continual professional development (CPD) payments, backdated to 1st July 2017. The increase (which does not constitute a full and final offer in respect of settlement for the pay year 2017/18) has been agreed while negotiations between Employers’ and […]

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RFU survey of RDS Firefighters 2017 – Findings Report

Back in 2014 we undertook a survey that was open to all Retained/On-Call personnel, asking questions relating to their contractual obligations, personal and appliance availability and most importantly, their opinions on the service as a whole. No such survey had taken place in the past and the findings of the questionnaire were well received across […]

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