Category Archives: National News

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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Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is ‘Mental Health Awareness Week‘ and the RFU will be supporting efforts to raise awareness of the importance of identifying the signs of mental health issues early and the support mechanisms available to deal with mental health.   Acknowledging and supporting members with mental health in the fire service is more difficult to […]

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RFU Position Statements

There are two subjects that are regularly raised with us by both members and non-members, these being the issue of Fitness Standards and Migration to the Wholetime Duty System.   As an organisation, we predicted as far back as 2008, that the issue of a national fitness standard had the potential to create a massive problem […]

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RFU E-BULLETIN – March 2017

Fire Service Funding – Advertising/Branding Since 2005 when the then government were in the throes of putting together the publication ‘Retained Duty System – A Review of the Recruitment and Retention Challenges’, the RFU argued that if the government were truly serious about overcoming the deficient of Retained Firefighter posts across the country, there needed […]

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