Category Archives: News

Press Statement – 25 July 2017

The RFU is extremely disappointed to hear that the FBU has decided to withdraw from the national Emergency Medical Response trials from 24 August 2017, after rejecting the employers’ pay offer. While we originally questioned the need for these trials, since many Fire & Rescue Services had been successfully operating various Co-Responder Schemes for over […]

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New Inspectorate for the Fire and Rescue Service in England

The RFU welcomes the news that the Home Secretary has confirmed that HMIC is to be the new inspectorate for the fire and rescue service in England from July 2017. The Home Secretary has also recommended to HM The Queen that Sir Thomas Winsor be appointed as HM Chief Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services, […]

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Inspection of Avon Fire & Rescue Authority

On 03 February 2017 the Home Secretary, under the Secretary of State’s powers under section 10 of the Local Government Act 1999, appointed Dr Craig Baker as the lead inspector to undertake a Statutory Inspection of Avon Fire & Rescue Authority. This action was taken in response to a number of allegations that had been made by members […]

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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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