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Accidental Injury & Death Insurance

Accidental Injury & Death Insurance

Tailored cover 24/7 for RFU members, that provides protection to you and reassurance to your family.

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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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Working Time Opt-Out remains….(for now)

The European Commission announced at the European Council EPSCO meeting on Thursday 27th February that Social Partner negotiations on revising the Working Time Directive have not succeeded. The Press Release from the Council meeting read: “The Commission briefed the Council on the outcome of the negotiations between the social partners on a review of the 2003 working time […]

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Fire Service College sold to Capita

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed that the sale of the Fire Service College to Capita has now been concluded. In a letter to the RFU, DCLG stated that: "Capita have also committed to significant capital investment in training and accommodation facilities at the College, and are keen to ensure that […]

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Fire Minister intervenes over Armed Forces issue

The RFU welcomes the stance being taken by the Fire Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, regarding the employment of Armed Forces personnel as Retained/On-Call firefighters across the country.  Currently Cambridgeshire FRS have a policy not to employ Armed Forces personnel as Retained/On-Call firefighters and recently dismissed such an employee for this very reason. After research it […]

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RFU meet with Fire Minister

Wednesday 23rd January, meeting with Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP This meeting was attended by General Secretary John Barton and Assistant General Secretary Tristan Ashby and was our first meeting with the new minister since his appointment following the last government reshuffle. Topics included the ongoing issue of On-Call recruitment and retention, this is a big issue and we advised […]

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