USAR Skills Payments

Joe McMahon made this Freedom of Information request to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Buckinghamshire 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

Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Mr McMahon,

 

Thank-you for your request for information about USAR, which I am dealing
with under the terms of the Freedom Of Information Act 2000.

 

If you wish to contact me further regarding this request please quote
2018/19 14.

 

Yours sincerely

Gerry Barry
Information Governance and Compliance Manager
01296 744442 / 07920 710637

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD.
BFRS main enquiry line: 01296 744400
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Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Mr McMahon,

 

Further to your request for information about USAR, please see our
response below.

 

 

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 ?

Ans:  The firefighters who have additional USAR skills receive an
additional 5% on top of their wage to offer resilience to national USAR
response that allow the Service to meet our USAR mobilising requirements. 
Further to this the fire fighters would be paid for work, carried out at a
USAR incident, beyond their normal working times.

 

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

Ans:  The arrangements are those listed above but over and above USAR
staff are flexible in their approach and are happy for the Service to
contact them if required beyond any expectation gained with the 5%
addition.

 

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

Ans:  The USAR technicians carry out full firefighting and community
safety work as well as maintaining their competence and responsibility for
USAR.

 

4.   How many USAR personnel do you have?

Ans:  At present we have 32 USAR trained technicians at Aylesbury station
though due to recent movements of personnel there are other with the
competence on other stations.  The expectation over the next year would be
to raise the figure to 40 personnel trained as USAR technicians.

 

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

Ans:  This has already been answered by finance.

 

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

Ans:  All trained USAR technicians have been trained to USAR phase 1 and
phase 2 as a minimum though those with greater experience will also have
additional qualifications such as timber shoring, safe working at height,
hot cutting, and chainsaw.  Additional there will be a number with the
qualifications to instruct on certain skills which we have the capacity to
carry out in house.

 

I do apologise for the delay in responding to you If you have any queries
about this email please contact me quoting reference 2018/19/14 If you are
unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and
wish to make a complaint or request an review of our decision, you should
write to the Complaints Officer at the address below.  Our complaints
process is posted on our website at www.bucksfire.gov.uk

 

If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Authority. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gerry Barry
Information Governance and Compliance Manager
01296 744442 / 07920 710637

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD.
BFRS main enquiry line: 01296 744400
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