What will the full-time rural posts look like?  Have the clusters for the new wholetime RDS posts been determined and the number of posts identified for each LSO area?

We are still finalising both location and rank of the new wholetime positions. Over time, we are looking at an initial 60 positions. Once we have the specification agreed, this will be aligned to role maps to agree rank (WM / CM anticipated) and during this time we will finalise locations.

We will begin the recruitment and selection process in late summer 2018 and hope to receive applications from existing RDS colleagues.  Updates regarding the project will be communicated through the iHub.

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What kinds of models are being looked at for RDS?

New fire appliances, combined with the latest technology will improve crewing flexibility, and versatility of role - particularly for turning out to EMR or an RTC. 

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Within EMR, are there any plans to consider undertaking transportation of patients to hospital?

No, not at this time. Our vehicles are not equipped for patient transport. In addition, our role will be to play a key part in the chain of survival, before handing a patient over to our ambulance colleagues. We will, however, continue to work with ambulance colleagues to explore safe transport solutions for isolated incidents of specific need. 

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Are there anticipated timeframes for training on the new vehicles and equipment?

Delivery of the first vehicles to enable training will begin in March/April.   The first new vehicle will become operational in September 2018 following completion of crew training. The further 29 will then be phased in across stations, allowing all necessary training to be conducted in sufficient time. There is a large and diverse training need and we will be working directly with individual stations to agree a training plan.

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When the new appliances are in multi-pump stations, will alerting technology be secured to support the flexible mobilising requirements?

Yes. In multi-pump stations we will continue to deploy the required resource for a particular incident. Our Control protocols will be aligned to the introduction of the new appliances. 

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With the potential increase in activity for many rural stations if OCHA is rolled out nationally, are we looking to engage with primary employers to ensure we communicate this as a positive change for communities and encourage them to support the Service?

As part of our communications and engagement activity, we will be looking to develop understanding of a new and expanded firefighter role and the greater contribution we can make to communities.

We recognise the outstanding commitment that primary employers make – and the potential impact on them - and will continue to engage to maintain their support in the future.

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Are there plans to rationalise the RDS station footprint?

There are no current plans to close any RDS stations. We may, however, look at how we can better utilise our footprint through local partnership arrangements.

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Are there any specific plans for CRU/Volunteer Units within Transformation? For example, can we include our dedicated colleagues in these stations in the OHCA plan? 

SFRS exists to save life. Where we can deliver additional services safely we will do so. We are looking to strengthen our provision to rural communities, so CRU/Volunteer crews are very much a vital part of that ambition.

While our focus will be on extending e.g. our OHCA capability through wholetime and RDS stations initially, we will continue to look at how our committed CRU/Volunteer stations can also play an even greater role.

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