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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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National Fitness Standards

For those of you who read our regular e-bulletins you will be aware that we have strong views on the newly created fitness standard that has been formulated from the CFOA guidance issued last year. A number of services have even ‘gold plated’ the guidance, claiming that ALL operational staff should achieve the minimum standard of 42.3Vo2max, irrespective of role, […]

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National Pay & Conditions

Public sector pay has been capped for the past four years, with the fire service (which technically isn’t covered by the cap), receiving a rise of 1% each year since 2012. Fire Service Pay and Conditions (excluding Pensions) is negotiated within the National Joint Council (NJC), a non-statutory body so cloaked in secrecy that no minutes are publically […]

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Standardisation of Terms & Conditions in Scotland

As you will be aware, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) was established as an Other Significant National Body on 31 August 2012 and took on its full range of functions on 01 April 2013. All SFRS uniformed employees of the eight antecedent Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) were transferred into the single service on their […]

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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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