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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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European Court Judgement

Earlier this week the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a court ruling on the subject of Working Time in connection with the Belgian Fire Service and their version of the On-Call/Retained firefighting duty system that is in operation in the UK. In short, a Belgian firefighter argued through the courts that ‘stand-by […]

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Scottish Service Transformation Proposal

To ALL RFU Members in Scotland You will by now have received a letter from Scottish Fire & Rescue Service dated 30 January 2018. The letter appears to set out the ‘final’ position of both the Chief Fire Officer on behalf of the service and the Fire Board Chair, regarding its proposal to change the […]

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Response times to fires attended by FRS: England, April ’16 – March ’17

The Home Office has this week published the latest statistics on fire incident response times between April 2016 and March 2017, focussing on trends in average (mean) response times in England. The results show: Overall, response times to fires have increased gradually over the past 20 years. However, between 2015/16 and 2016/17, response times to […]

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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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