Dear Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service,

I would like to make a freedom of information request to you regarding the technical rescue skills and services that your FRS provides. I would be very grateful if you will provide responses to the following questions;
1. Please list the range of technical rescue services that your FRS provides(ie line rescue, water rescue, USAR, Animal rescue etc).
2. Please state what stations carry out which technical rescue services.
3. Please advise if your firefighters/staff directly provide these services or whether or not an external organisation is contracted in.
4. Please advise whether your staff who carry out these services are whole time or retained duty systems.
5. Please state the duration of initial training courses for each skill set as well as the continuity training commitment.
6. Please state whether firefighters/staff who undertake these technical rescue skills are also required to undertake full operational firefighting duties.
7. Please state whether firefighters/staff who undertake these technical rescue skills are also required to undertake normal CFS duties.
8. Please state the terms and conditions of employment for firefighters/staff who undertake these technical rescue skills ie secondary contracts.
9. Please explain what additional payments (skills payments if any) exist for firefighters/staff who undertake these technical rescue skills.
10. Please explain if your FRS operates skills payments for any additional roles undertaken by firefighters/staff ie LiFE trainers, CBRN/Hazmat teams, aerial appliances, HV pumping etc.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to a reply at your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully,

Joe McMahon

Jane Watts, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Mr McMahon

Thank you for your enquiry. Please accept this email as acknowledgement of receipt of your request. A response will be sent in due course.

Kind regards

Jane Watts
Information and Democratic Support Assistant
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01234 845141

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Jane Watts, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Mr McMahon

Please find our response attached.

I hope this is of help to you.

Kind regards

Jane Watts
Information and Democratic Support Assistant
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01234 845141

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