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An area in particular that needs immediate attention is our national database. Many of our members have changed address, telephone number, e-mail etc., since first joining the NRFA, in fact many membership application forms were incomplete from the outset. It is important that we improve/update the level of communication with our membership so that we can provide advise, benefits, information as well as be up to date with the needs of the membership. We would greatly appreciate if our existing members can assist us by returning a fully completed form, with particular emphasis on a valid contact  e-mail address.

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Call Centre refuses to alert fire crews to medical emergency !!
Read Chairmans Letter here


Chairman Calls for National Fire and Ambulance Service

Whether you are a Firefighter, Chief Fire Officer, Union Official, Politician or a Civil Servant you cannot be blind to the ever-increasing number of deaths that are related to the inadequacies in operating procedures of the Fire and Ambulance Services, which have been in the News Headlines so many times in recent Years. I have in the past called for a National Fire and Ambulance Service and as time has progressed and nothing has been done to progress this the Public have been left to ponder why no one is prioritising the need for an adequate Emergency service with the focus on a speedy response to the large ever increasing number of Emergency type Incidents which will only multiply as the economy recovers and I am once again calling on all with influence to work to provide a Service that will reduce the number of deaths that are attributed to Emergency Causes, I call for the immediate introduction of a policy that will see Ambulances operating from Fire Stations and all Fire Personnel trained (currently most Fire Personnel are trained medical first responders but are not utilised to assist the public) to adequately respond to all Fire and Medical Emergencies as this will be the only cost effective way to fix the current problems associated with Emergency Incident Response.

Sean Martin, Chairman NRFA - chairman@nrfa.ie



Emergency Service Driving Standard (ESDS)

You may have heard by now some mention of the Emergency Service Driving Standard (ESDS). There are many different ways that this is now being put forward to existing D/M’s and Firefighters within the Fire Service by Fire Service Management Nationwide. Take note that this course is Voluntary and Retained Firefighters should be very wary of consenting to go forward for this test until all the facts have been properly established by the NRFA. Drivers in Co.Kildare have already been told that they will be stood down from Driving if they fail the test, in fact feedback from various different Counties now confirms that there are different levels of training and prepartion in advance of Retained Personnel taking the test. In some Counties only new entrants into the Brigade are being asked to ‘Volunteer’ for this test. Already both the Gardai and the HSE have taken a step back from ESDS until many outstanding issues can be ironed out. At present there are discussions within Dublin Fire Brigade to introduce a pilot scheme simply to assertain what level of training is necessary for participants prior to taking the test along with the certainity that no existing drivers will stood down from driving should they fall short of the required standards down the line. Some Brigade instructors have expressed genuine concerns over the unsatisfactory level of preparation being suggested for Retained Firefighters in some Counties. It is interesting to note that while the RSA website lists the formal State Bodies involved with ESDS programme, the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) is also included in this despite being a private representative body for CFOs . Existing D/M’s should revert to their respective contracts of employment and be aware that to fail to attend such a test, contractually does not affect your legal status to continue to drive to calls and maintain your full rank/status. I can only advise Retained Personnel for the moment not to ‘volunteer’ for this test as by doing so you will be setting a precedence of acceptance before negotiations, safeguards and agreements are put in place to protect existing drivers in the Retained Fire Service in light of the above mentioned. I do not agree with the proposed approach of D\M’s being stood down altogether. All Members should make immediate representations to their respective Unions so as to ensure their jobs/positions are unconditionally safeguarded. Many Firefighters may by now have realized the lessons learned from an agreement to introduce a Pass or Referral system on Fire Service B.A. courses. Are we yet again going to jeopardize our own livelihoods so that others can protect their positions by ticking a box? Surely, collectively we are more than this? In any case, all Fire Service Personnel should make themselves aware of the facts, guidelines and concequences surrounding this course. Please click the link to the Road Safety Authority website (RSA) to find out some of the basics. Some of these may still be subject to change.

Link: www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Professional-Drivers/ESDS/

Sean Martin, Chairman NRFA - chairman@nrfa.ie

Firefighters.... Have You Received Your Award?

Firefighters may not be fully aware with regard to the recognition awards for their years of service as outlined below, which has been sanctioned by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. Delivery of these awards varies on a County-to-County basis. We would recommend that Firefighters enquire to their respective CFO’s if either you or your colleagues have may have been overlooked in this regard. It seems very few Counties have yet delivered the Award sanctioned for 10 Years service. More details can be got from the DoELG website or inside our members section.

Long Service Awards to Fire Service Personnel

The awards were instituted by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to give recognition to personnel for periods of service over 10, 20 and 30 years, respectively, with the fire service. The scheme is administered on the Minister's behalf by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management.

Award for 10 Years' Service

The award in recognition of 10 years' service takes the form of a certificate which is presented locally within the fire authority.

Awards for 20 and 30 Years' Service

The award in recognition of 20 years' service takes the form of a medal bearing the traditional logo representation of the fire service - a helmet and crossed axes; the medal ribbon bears the Irish national colours, with a central column in red to represent the fire service.

The 30 years' award is a representation of a flame in emblematic form.

Both awards are accompanied by an appropriate certificate. Awards to personnel are made, on the nomination of the fire authority, at a national ceremony held every second year.

Further information in Members Section


What is the NRFA?

Treat NRFA membership like an insurance policy for your job, become a member if you want an organisation to look after your interests and keep you informed pay €20 a year, but do not contact the NRFA if you get in trouble when you have not paid your membership fee, you cannot get benefits from an insurance company if you have not paid your premium the NRFA is the same, the NRFA is not part of SIPTU or IFESA but we talk to both on your behalf and if the need arises we will talk sternly and in the future if either do no look after your interests we will publicise the matter.

I urge all Firefighters who are not Members of the N.R.F.A. to join without delay together we can make the difference that will get us the respect and rewards we deserve. Download an application form today and return it without delay.

Sean Martin, Chairman NRFA - chairman@nrfa.ie


NRFA Officers for 2016

 

President ~ John Gavigan, Co Donegal

 Chairman ~ Sean Martin, Co Roscommon

Vice Chair ~ Tom O'Grady, Co Galway

   Secretary ~ Richard Kelly, Co Kildare

  Treasurer  ~ Philip Bishop, Co Roscommon

  Development Officer  ~  TBA


 

 

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15th February 2016

NRFA Post Spring 2106 

Click here for SPRING EDITION 2016 of NRFA POST


 

Meeting Dates

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Next Quarterly Meeting

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th

 

Hodson Bay Hotel

Athlone

 

Members Meeting @14:00hrs

 

Committee Meeting @ 11:00hrs

 

Hodson Bay Hotel is located just 5km from Athlone Town Centre on the N61 Roscommon Road.

 

 

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UNION NEWS


Check on the latest develepments from Firefighters Unions

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18/May/2015 - IFESA Page Updated

 

22/Feb/2016 - SIPTU Page Updated

 


BA Refresher Training

A meeting took place between the NDFEM and SIPTU National Negiotiating Committee in March 2014,  Read Complete Document in Members Section


IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MEDICALS

Have you recently failed your medical on fitness grounds?

If yes, then you should contact your local NRFA or Union Rep, as you cannot be put off call for failing your fitness test. This is happening around the country and the NRFA Committee need to know if it has happened to you or one of your colleagues.

As a serving Firefighter, have you been given a Recruit Medical?

If so, please contact the NRFA Committee ASAP.

Medical Documents in Members Section


Have you claimed your yearly Retained Firefighters Tax Allowance?

As a Retained Firefighter you are entitled to claim your Annual Tax Allowance, Its called  FRE11 Ring your local tax office to claim this


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