Published on: 06/02/2013

The Coroners report from the Shirley Towers (Southampton) inquest has made key recommendations. One was in reference to the fitting of sprinkers in multi-storey buildings;"Social housing providers should be encouraged to consider the retro-fitting of sprinklers in all existing high-rise buildings in excess of 30m in height, particularly those identified by fire and rescue services as having complex designs that make fire-fighting more hazardous and/or difficult."

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Published on: 06/02/2013

In a follow up to the recent 'Reform Update' available in "Resources" where the topic of pay periods or pay runs was discussed, a related question now appears on the SFRS website FAQ's.

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Published on: 04/02/2013

The Minister for Community Safety, Roseanna Cunningham wrote recently to Sandra White MSP outlining the Scottish Government's position regarding mutualisation of FRS in England. The Letter, available in "Related Content" makes clear that this is not an option that will be considered in Scotland. The FBU are please to have received such a firm rebuttle of these ideas and hope that our colleagues in the areas where this is being suggested in England can use the Scottish position to argue against the proposals,

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Published on: 01/02/2013

Mininster for Community Safety, Roseanna Cunningham has written to the UK Government Under Secretary of State for CLG on the topic of firefighter pension normal pension age (NPA). The letter is available in the "Related Content" but highlights include statements such as; "The review does not appear to give unequivocal support for the proposed firefighters' NPA of 60", "We believe that pension reform should be taken forward in partnership with public sector workers rather than being imposed by Treasury direction"

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Published on: 28/01/2013

The FBU Scottish Committee met on Thursday and Friday (24 & 25 Jan) and discussed a number of topics related to the reform of the service. The associated file "Update on Reform" gives members further information on; Watch AlignmentControl RoomsRDSOfficersCPD/ARAPay Cycles These topics reflect work in progress. Negotiations continue. It is important that members keep up to date with developments and attend branch meetings.

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