Fire and rescue

We provide the secretariat to the Employers' Sides of the National Joint Council for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services, the Middle Managers' Negotiating Body, and the NJC for Brigade Managers of Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services.


3 September 2020

The National Joint Council has agreed an increase of 2.0 per cent on basic pay and continual professional development payments effective from 1 July 2020. Find out more about the revised pay rates.

28 July 2020

Following a round of detailed consultation meetings with fire authority Chairs & Chief Fire Officers the National Employers made an offer to the employees side of the NJC for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services on 28 July of a 2 per cent uplift on basic pay and continual professional development (CPD) rates, which would be effective from 1 July. The Fire Brigades Union has indicated that it will consult its members on the offer.

23 July 2020

 The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have agreed the following statement which in accordance with the tripartite renewal agreement contains the remaining agreed risk assessments.

10 June 2020

The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have agreed the following statement which contains a copy of the agreed risk assessment for all personnel carrying out activities in care home as set-out in Tri/7/20.

3 June 2020

The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have agreed the following statement which extends the Agreement on additional activities originally reached on 26 March.

22 May 2020

The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have agreed the following statement which adds two further additional areas of work that may be undertaken by firefighters – the delivery of pre-designed training packages on Infection Prevention and Control, including hand, hygiene, PPE ’donning’ & ‘doffing’ guidance and procedures; and supporting the care home staff testing i.e. to train care home staff to train others according to the principle of ‘train the trainers. This agreement means that the training packages above can also be delivered directly to care home staff.

24 April 2020

The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have agreed the following statement, which adds four further additional areas of work that may be undertaken by firefighters - the assembly of single use face shields for the NHS and care work front line staff; packing/repacking food supplies for vulnerable people and the (emergency and non-emergency) transfer of known or suspected COVID-19 patients as well as non-COVID-19 patients.

16 April 2020

The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have agreed to add three further areas of additional work to the agreement reached on 26 March - assisting in taking samples for Covid-19 antigen testing; driving ambulance transport not on blue-lights (excluding known Covid-19 patients) to outpatient appointments or to receive urgent care and driving Instruction by FRS driver trainers to deliver training for non-Service personnel to drive ambulances (not on blue-lights).

9 April 2020

The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have issued a further joint statement in respect of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) adding two further additional areas of work.

3 April 20

The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have issued a further joint statement in respect of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

27 March 20

Covid-19 - The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have reached agreement on a number of additional duties and a process to take forward introduction of any other activities that may be required and to keep matters under review.

24 March 20

The National Employers, Fire Brigades Union and National Fire Chiefs Council have issued a joint statement in respect of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and a risk-based approach to fire and rescue functions.  

Emergency Medical Response by Fire and Rescue Services

Following trials undertaken by a significant number of services through the auspices of the National Joint Council for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services, it commissioned a report by 'New Economy' which illustrates a cost benefit model on a UK-wide footprint, with a specific focus on the impact of cardiac arrest response on long-term health and social care outcomes.

Read the Executive Summary and the full Technical Report, showing the financial and economic modelling of impact.