Dear Norfolk 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.
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-220117-D0M3V1
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Freedom of Information Act 2000 –Information Request ENQ-220117-D0M3V1
I refer to your request for information dated 14 May 2018.
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 ?
10% salary enhancement to wholetime personnel to cover evening On Call
1. What on call/recall payments are made to USAR personnel (if additional
to above) ?
On-call personnel are paid for variable work activity at the hourly rate
applicable to their role on a claims basis. This may be drills/training or
emergency calls. Emergency calls attract a payment of a minimum of 1
hour’s pay. Wholetime personnel may do overtime to cover for shortages on
the other watch, at the hourly rate x 1.5. If wholetime are called to an
incident outside of normal working hours, they are paid at the hourly rate
plus a disturbance payment. The on-call personnel also receive the
disturbance payment for emergency calls. Rates of pay are; FF Competent
£13.67 per hour, CM Competent £15.15 per hour, WMB £16.95 per hour,
disturbance payment is a flat £3.94.
1. Do USAR technicians undertake USAR/Technical Rescue only or do they
also have full firefighting and CFS responsibilities?
They also provide wholetime firefighter cover at Dereham Station
1. How many USAR personnel do you have?
1xUnit Leader 2xWatch Managers 3xCrew Managers 20xTechnicians 1xDog
handler = 27 Personnel
1. Please provide a breakdown of your annual USAR budget and expenditure.
1. Please explain the expected training requirements of USAR personnel.
Training is carried out on a regular basis in order to continue to
demonstrate competency in each of the skills. Individuals should are
assessed at the frequencies listed within each unit.
Records of this continuation training and the assessments are kept and are
measured against the KPi’s and frequencies in the Concept of Operations
and the Competency Training Framework.
Operational Firefighter training is undertaken in line within the systems
operated by the service (annual Maintenance of Competences).
Personnel are to maintain the following skill sets (dependent on role);
1. Prime Movers and USAR Modules 2. Logistics Operations 3. Assessment and
Search Operations 4. Breeching and Breaking Operations 5. Shoring
Operations (metal) 6. Lifting and Moving Operations 7. Safe Working at
Height 8. Confined Space Operations 9. Line Access and casualty
Extrication Operations 10. Ancillary Equipment 11. Water Rescue 12. Large
Specialist (including Technician skill sets)
1. Hot Cutting Operations 2. Chainsaw Operations 3. Timber shoring 4. MPV
Operations 5. Canine operations 6. SRT
1. USAR Instructor 2. Hot Cutting Instructor 3. LACE Instructor 4. MPV
1.USAR Coordination 2. USAR Search Manager.
1.Regional CPD training 2. 6-monthly Dog grading days 3. Attend Police
Search Adviser course re quals
USAR On call personnel are required to attend 2 x 12hour training days a
month to maintain competences in Tech search, Lifting and Moving, Shoring
and Breaking and breaching skill sets. They are also required to attend an
annual visit to Lee Valley to re qualify for SRT.
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