RFU welcomes review of FRS in the UK

The RFU welcomes the announcement that Sir Ken Knight is to undertake a short review of efficiencies in fire and rescue services and will respond to Sir Ken’s invitation to provide our views on this matter in due course. What is clear however that now more than ever is the right time to invest in the 'On-Call' system if such efficiencies are to be realised.

The review will examine options for savings both within and beyond the current Spending Review period, including:

  • Firefighter training
  • Flexible staffing and crewing arrangements
  • The use of Retained Firefighters
  • Procurement
  • Shared services
  • Collaboration with emergency services and other organisations on service delivery and estates
  • Sickness management
  • Sharing of senior staff
  • Locally led mergers and operational collaborations
  • New fire-fighting technology
  • Preventative approaches
  • Working with local businesses

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