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Retained Firefighter pay explained

How does the Payment System Work?

Payment is made by monthly direct credit to your bank account or building society account.  The rate of pay for Retained Firefighters is dependent on your availability and will be reviewed bi-annually each year.
 
The retaining fee is worked out depending upon the number of hours availability given by the employee on a weekly basis. This can be anything from full 24 hour cover up to 6 days per week or as low as 40 hours cover.  Please note the Service will only look at very low hour cover in extreme cases where day cover availability is given.  An average hours percentage is worked out over a 6 month period of time and employees are paid for exactly what they have worked.
 
As well as the bi annual retaining fee, Retained firefighters are paid an hourly rate of pay for attending the following:

  • Drill Night
  • Turnout
  • Training Course
  • Community Safety
  • Standard Tests

Trainee Firefighter Rate

This is when a Retained Firefighter joins their station and is in the process of completing all initial basic training until they are deemed safe to ride the fire appliance and start to give hours of cover.

Development Firefighter Rate

Once they have successfully completed their initial training, Retained Firefighters are placed on the development pay scale. They will remain on this scale until they have completed the remaining core development modules and courses and have proved their competence.

Competent Firefighter Rate

Once your District Manager has verified the evidence as meeting the standard, they will inform Human Resources and Payroll who will make the necessary arrangements to pay individuals at the competent rate of pay.

Superannuation

From the date of commencement of your employment you will be deemed to be a contributor to the New Firefighters Pension Scheme.  You may, however, opt out of contributions to this scheme.
 
The principle benefits are an annual pension payable on retirement and the option to commute part of the pension, to receive a lump sum payment (at present tax free).  Benefits are payable at retirement on age grounds, or an earlier retirement because of ill-health.  The amount of pension and lump sum depends on length of service and is based on final pensionable pay usually averaged over the last 12 months of service.

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