Category Archives: National News

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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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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