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USAR Skills Payments

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Dear Avon Fire and Rescue Service,

I would be grateful if you would answer the following questions in relation to your Urban Search and Rescue (USAR ) personnel.

1. With the annual firefighter salary at £29.934, What additional payment(s) are given to USAR personnel (ie USAR Technician and USAR Advisor) in your brigade for undertaking training and delivery of the USAR capability ?

2. What on call/recall payments are made to USAR personnel (if additional to above)

3. Do USAR technicians undertake USAR/Technical Rescue only or do they also have full firefighting and CFS responsibilities?

4. How many USAR personnel do you have?

5. Please provide a breakdown of your annual USAR budget and expenditure.

6. Please explain the expected training requirements of USAR personnel.

Kind regards

Yours faithfully,

Joe McMahon

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Dear Joe McMahon

 

I write to acknowledge your email dated 14.05.2018 requesting information
regarding Urban Search & Rescue skills and payments at Avon Fire & Rescue
Service.

 

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, from the date of
receipt subject to the information not being exempt or containing a
reference to a third party. In some circumstances Avon Fire & Rescue
Service may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will
be informed and given a revised date at the earliest opportunity.

 

Guidance about how we deal with requests for information can be located on
our [1]website, however in the meantime, thank you for your interest in
Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanna Warren
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Avon Fire & Rescue Service
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Dear Mr McMahon

 

I am writing to advise that we are still working on your request for USAR
information and aim to provide you with a response by the end of next
week.

 

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 

Kind regards
 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
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Dear Mr McMahon

 

I write in response to your request for information dated 14.05.2018
concerning Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
provision.

 

Your request for information has been dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and I can confirm that Avon Fire &
Rescue Service holds the information falling within the description
specified within your request.

For your information:

Hicks Gate Fire Station, which serves as a traditional fire station also
provides our USAR capabilities within the Service.  This Station is
wholetime meaning it operates 24/7 with a 4 shift system (red, white, blue
and green watch).  Headcount is currently at 28 operational staff who have
traditional wholetime firefighter/Crew Manager/Watch Manager roles who are
also USAR trained and receive additional USAR on call allowance payments.

 

In addition to the above, we have a Watch Manager USAR who oversees the
USAR capability and is the lead USAR role, this role is not attached to
any Watch

 

The Service currently has 5 USAR Technicians roles (specialists), who have
added additional responsibilities for USAR, including instructors. In
addition to the standard USAR allowances, these staff receive a protected
allowance due to the added responsibilities, as these roles were
traditionally full time USAR roles when we operated a standalone USAR
station.

 

At Hicks Gate Fire Station, 3 of the Watches have 7 USAR trained staff,
which is made up of 4 FF roles, 1 CM, 1 WM and 1 USAR technician, and one
Watch, which is also made up of 7, has 3 FF, 2 USAR technicians, 1 CM and
1 WM.

Please find our answers below in blue font to your original questions:

Dear Avon Fire and Rescue Service
I would be grateful if you would answer the following questions in
relation to your Urban Search and Rescue (USAR )  personnel.

1.      With the annual firefighter salary at £29.934,  What additional
payment(s) are given to USAR personnel (ie USAR Technician and USAR
Advisor) in your brigade for undertaking training and delivery of the USAR
capability ?

o USAR on call allowance 7.5% for traditional FF roles

 

o USAR Technician’s role (now a traditional FF role) receive a Protected
allowance (in addition to the 7.5% allowance for on call
responsibilities ) to make-up their substantive Fire Fighter role to
the equivalent of a Crew Manager role.  This technician’s role has
added additional responsibilities for USAR, including instructors
supervision at incidents etc. These USAR technician roles are divided
between the 4 Watches (3 Watches with 1 role and one Watch with 2). 
These roles were the original full time USAR roles when we operated a
standalone USAR station.
o USAR Crew Manager who receives their substantive Crew Manager pay
receives the standard 7.5% additional allowance for on call
responsibilities  plus 2.5%  additional responsibilities allowance
o Watch Manager receives substantive Watch Manager pay plus the standard
7.5% additional as above allowance
o USAR Lead will receive a local agreement allowance in addition to
substantive Watch Manager pay
o The above have full operational staff duties (for their given role)
and receive the on call allowance as they are available outside of
their normal working shift pattern and can be recalled to attend a
USAR incident and USAR training. 
2.      What on call/recall payments are made to USAR personnel (if
additional to above)

None – only as above

3.      Do USAR technicians undertake USAR/Technical Rescue only or do
they also have full firefighting and CFS responsibilities?

Full/traditional firefighting and partial Community Fire Safety
responsibilities

4.      How many USAR personnel do you have?

As explained above, 28 USAR operatives based at Hicks Gate Station, plus
USAR WM Lead and a further 6 Retained Duty Staff (RDS) employees provide
limited USAR cover but they would receive their standard hourly rate for
the USAR work that they do depending on their given RDS role.

5.      Please provide a breakdown of your annual USAR budget and
expenditure.

As the Service no longer has full time USAR roles, we are unable to
quantify a breakdown of salary information for the staff concerned.  AF&RS
also receives a Section 31(Local Government Act 2003) grant  (called New
Dimensions Grant) where the USAR crewing element was £721k for 2017/18. 
This is an additional burden payment from government.  This grant is paid
towards the end of the year and therefore we are unable to confirm the
2018/19 amount.

AR&RS can provide the expenditure for USAR Allowances for 2017/18 which
was £55,936.71 and the budget for 2018/19 is set at £47,238.

We do hold information for specific USAR budgets 2018/19 for as below:

Account Desc Amount £
USAR -Rescue Dog Contract 7,290
USAR -Training Consumables 20,970
USAR -Oxygen 625
USAR -Timber 8,860

There is also a National Resilience Vehicle Maintenance budget 2018/19
(which includes USAR vehicles) of £186,670

6.      Please explain the expected training requirements of USAR
personnel.

Initial USAR training consists of the following:

o USAR 1 tool familiarisation - 5 days
o Line Access casualty extraction - 5 days
o Safe working at height - 2 days
o Confined Space - 2 days 
o USAR 2 - confirmation of skills - 10 days 

There are specialist skills which need to gained by a proportion of the
team:

o Hot Cutting Operator - 2 days
o Chainsaw operator - 4 days
o Multi-Purpose Vehicle Operator - 4 days
o Hooklift operator - 2 days 

Instructors courses :

o USAR Instructor - 10 days
o LACE instructor - 5 days
o MPV Instructor - 5 days
o Hot Cutting Instructor - 2 days

Once trained then skills are maintained by partaking competency based
training and exercises which are assessed

I hope that you find the above information useful.

 

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Thank you for your interest in Avon Fire & Rescue Service and apologies
for the delay in providing the information.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
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