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Accidental Injury & Death Insurance

Accidental Injury & Death Insurance

Tailored cover 24/7 for RFU members, that provides protection to you and reassurance to your family.

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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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RFU to change its name

The Retained Firefighters’ Union (RFU) was formed 42 years ago in 1976, in response to the impending (first) national strike, which eventually took place the following year. Retained firefighters at the time who were members of the FBU wanted the protection of a union, but didn’t want to take strike action against the communities they served to protect. The […]

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Mick Crennell appointed as permanent Chief Fire Officer for Avon

Avon Fire Authority has announced the appointment of Mick Crennell as the permanent Chief Fire Officer (CFO) of Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) and provided the following statement: CFO Crennell has been the interim Chief Fire Officer since August 2017 but was appointed into the role permanently following a competitive process in which both […]

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On-Call Conference 2018

The most recent annual NFCC On-Call  Conference took place on 20-21 March in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The RFU was asked to give a presentation at the conference on the subject of our follow-up national survey that we undertook the previous year. Other speakers included, Roy Wilshire (NFCC Chair), Laura Gibb (HMICFRS), Phil Loach (NFCC), Jon Pryce (Hereford and […]

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