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19 October 2019
Fire Fighters Charity Prize Draw 9 October 2019

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15 October 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue E-Bulletin, Issue 42

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09 October 2019
Valediction Retired Firefighter Mr Kenneth Briggs

It is with regret that we have been informed by Mr Keith Briggs of the death of his father Ken, who passed away at Rotherham General hospital on the Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 after a short illness.

Ken ‘Percy’ Briggs was based at Erskine Road, Rotherham for 27 years between 1956 and 1983.

A service celebrating Ken’s life will take place at Barnby Moor Crematorium, Diggles Lodge, Ranby, Retford DN22 8FL, at 11:00am on Wednesday, 23rd October 2019. All are welcome.  

The family request that there are no flowers please.

Donations if desired to the Purple Butterfly Appeal c/o Bartholomew & Sons, Rotherham.

Our thoughts are with Ken's family at this sad time.


08 October 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue E-Bulletin, Issue 41

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04 October 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Newsletter

Please click on this >link< to view the newsletter.


01 October 2019
State pension and Fire Service Pension Predicted Increases from April 2020

State pension payments are expected to rise by four per cent from April 2020, due to an increase in earnings growth.

Information from the Office for National Statistics showed that earnings growth for the year to July stood at four per cent, well above the other measures used to calculate state pension increases under the UK’s 'triple lock' calculation system.

The triple lock guarantees that the state pension increases by whichever figure out of earnings growth, price inflation or 2.5 per cent, is highest over the course of the year.

Although the CPI price inflation figure for the year to September will not be announced until mid-October, it is not expected that any last minute surprises that would result in a figure higher than four per cent.

Inflation fell in August to 1.7 per cent, down from 2.1 per cent the previous month. Therefore, it is predicted that the Fire Service Pension will rise by 1.7% in April 2020. This figure has yet to be confirmed.


01 October 2019
NARF Christmas Card

Please see the revised >Xmas Card<. They are available in packs of 10 for £5.00 plus postage.  Please contact Peter Buckland direct if you wish to order. email: p.buckland2@ntlworld.com

Postage:
1 pack     - £1.32
2 packs   - £1.72
3 packs   - £3.00


26 September 2019
NARF National Council Meeting 9 October 2019

Following the NARF National Council meeting, I have been instructed to publish the associated minutes and documents for your perusal.

Please click on the document links listed below to open them in portable document format.


24 September 2019
Valediction and Funeral Details of Retired Leading Firefighter Mr Vincent ‘Vin’ Michael Briddon

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Leading Firefighter, Mr Vincent ‘Vince’ Briddon age 75 years, on Monday 9 September 2019.

Mr Briddon commenced his career with the Fire Service in February 1969 where he served at Tankersley Fire Station until his retirement in June 1999.

The funeral service is to be held on Friday 27 September 2019 at 1000 hours, North Chapel Grenoside Crematorium, Skew Hill Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8RZ followed by refreshments at the Clock House Tea Rooms, situated within the grounds of Grenoside Crematorium.

Donations can be made to the Barnsley Hospital.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


16 September 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue E-Bulletin, Issue 38

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12 September 2019
Reports Forwarded by the National Secretary

Please find links to copies of reports which may be of interest to your members listed below. 


2 September 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue E-Bulletin, Issue 37

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8 September 2019
Valediction Update - Ian Denial (Den)

We have just been informed that Ian's funeral will be held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Periwood Lane, Sheffield S8 0HN, on Tuesday 10th September, at 10:30 am.

Following the service there will be a reception at the Aston Hall Hotel, Worksop Rd, Aston, Sheffield S26 2EE.


2 September 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue E-Bulletin, Issue 36

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27 August 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue E-Bulletin, Issue 35

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26 August 2019
Valediction - Ian Denial (Denny)

It is with great sadness that we received the news today that Ian Denial has passed away.

Our thought are with Ian's wife Eileen, and his family, at this sad time.

This valediction will be updated as and when further information becomes available.


19 August 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue E-Bulletin, Issue 34

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12 August 2019
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue E-Bulletin, Issue 33

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09 August 2019
Request for information from former SYCFS personnel who attended the Flixborough Incident”

“Sarah Hehir, is currently carrying out a project in conjunction with Scunthorpe Museum and Libraries to record the history of the Nypro (UK) plant explosion at Flixborough, 1st June 1974. Sarah is especially interested in recording the memories of firefighters who attended the incident on the day in question, and the following days.

If you are able to help Sarah with this project please contact her by email: hehirsarah@yahoo.co.uk

if you would like more information regarding the Flixborough incident please use the following YouTube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A1xSCUtB-M


07 August 2019
Fire Fighters Charity Prize Draw 29 July 2019

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01 August 2019
Message from Action Fraud

Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of “low cost” loans or “free” government grants. What the victims are not told is that the money they will receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they’ve obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim’s name. After the fraudsters have taken their “fee” from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin.

How you can protect yourself:


23 July 2019
Help to end the social care crisis so no-one has to sell their home to pay for dementia care.

Sign the petition at Change.org.uk


18 July 2019
Scam Prevention, Fraud Prevention and Fraud Reporting

Owing to the ever increasing threat of Telephone, Face-to-Face, and Internet Fraud and Scams. We have decided to release three checklists for your perusal.

The checklists are designed to help you with a variety of practical and financial matters but are not exhaustive. We are not responsible for the accuracy of any third party web sites or their content. If you decide to access any of the third party web sites, or rely on any of the information presented on them, you do so entirely at your own risk.


16 July 2019
Valediction – Retired Leading Firefighter Mr Barry Woods

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Leading Firefighter, Mr Barry Woods, aged 80 years on Thursday 11 July 2019.

Mr Woods started his career with the Fire Service in March 1961, where he served at various locations in Sheffield until his retirement in November 1977.

The funeral service is to be held on Wednesday 24 July 2019 at 1400 hours, St Swithin's Church, 9 Main Road, Holmesfield, Dronfield S18 7WT followed by a get together at the Angel Inn Pub which is located on the same road.

No flowers and if desired, a donation can be made to the Parkinson’s UK charity.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


12 July 2019
Valediction (Updated) - Sheffield and Rotherham Member Mr Ralph Neville Wilkinson

It is with sadness that we have to inform you of death of Mr Wilkinson, aged 86 years, on Thursday 11th July 2019.

Mr Wilkinson (Nev) started his career with the Fire Service in June 1962, where he served at various locations including Royston, Elm Lane and High Green Fire Stations until his retirement in August 1987.

The funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 30 July 2019 at 1400 hour, North Chapel, Grenoside Crematorium, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Sheffield S35 8RZ.

Family flowers only and if desired, a donation can be made to the Chapeltown Silver Prize Band as a tribute to Mr Wilkinson, as he was a member of the band for many years.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


12 July 2019
Next Meeting of Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters

Please be advised that the next meeting of the Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters' will be held at the 'Showroom and Workstation', Paternoster Row, Sheffield, at 7:30pm, on Monday, 15th July, 2019.

>> Download Location Map for the Showroom and Workstation


3 July 2019
Ian Courtenay - Please find detailed below the arrangements for Ian's funeral.

This will take place at Grenoside Crematorium  Skew Hill Lane, Sheffield S35 8RZ at 12 midday on Monday 8th July and afterwards at The Stocks, Stocks Hill Ecclesfield S35 9YT.

A private burial will have taken place prior to the service at the Crematorium. 

We ask that you take this opportunity to celebrate and remember Ian with your special memories, a condolence book will be available to allow you to share these with us. 

As this is a celebration of his life and not a mourning of our loss please do not wear black, we ask that you don't bring flowers and there is no request for donations.

Thank you,

Margaret, Richard, Alison, Joanne and Nicholas.


3 July 2019
Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines

What you need to know
Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller up front fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


24 June 2019
Valediction – Retired Sub Officer, Mr Ian Treloar Courtenay

It is with regret that the Service has been informed of the death of retired Sub Officer, Mr Ian Treloar Courtenay, aged 86 years on Monday 17 June 2019.

Mr Courtenay started his career with the Fire Service in May 1956, where he served at Division Street Fire Station, High Green Fire Station and Headquarters (Wellington Street) until his retirement in July 1986.

The funeral service is to be held on Monday 8 July 2019 at 1200 hours at Grenoside Crematorium, North Chapel, 5 Skew Hill, Sheffield S35 8RZ.

After the funeral, the family would like to welcome all friends and colleagues for a get together and share some anecdotes of Mr Courtenay at The Stocks Pub, 1 Stocks Hill, Ecclesfield, Sheffield S35 9YT.

The family have respectfully asked that no black clothes to be worn at the funeral.

The family have also requested no flowers or donations and would welcome any anyone wishing to attend.


17 June 2019
Valediction – Retired Sub Officer, Mr Kenneth Brammer

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Sub Officer, Mr Kenneth Brammer, aged 67 years on Friday 24 May 2019.

Ken started his career with the Fire Service in September 1974, where he served at various locations, including Elm Lane, Lowedges Road, Darnall Road Fire Station and finally, Sheffield (Wellington Street) Fire Prevention team until his retirement in September 2004.

The funeral service is to be held on Thursday 20 June 2019 at 1500 hours, Grenoside Crematorium, North Chapel, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Sheffield S35 8RZ.

Family flowers only and if desired, a donation can be made to the Macmillan Cancer Support.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


17 June 2019
Notice of the next NARF Sheffield and Rotherham Branch Meeting

Dear Member,
Please be advised that the next meeting of the Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters' will be held at the 'Showroom and Workstation', Paternoster Row, Sheffield, at 7:30pm, on the 15th July, 2019.

The papers associated with this meeting are available on request.

>> Download Location Map for the Showroom and Workstation


8 June 2019
HMRC Fraud Alert – What you Need to Know

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud. https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/


7 June 2019
Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert
What you need to know

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official.

The suspect will say either:

Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud.

A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day. Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication.

​​​​​​​Your bank or the police will never:

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


10 May 2019
Valediction – Retired Firefighter, Mr Stephen Anthony Crawford

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Firefighter, Mr Stephen Anthony Crawford, aged 65 years on Monday 6 May 2019.

Mr Crawford started his career with the Fire Service in March 1983, where he served mainly at Elm Lane Fire Station until his retirement in August 1994.

His funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 4 June 2019 at 1230 hours, Rotherham Crematorium, Ridgeway, East Herringthorpe, Rotherham S65 3NN followed by some refreshments afterwards at Droppingwell Pub, 162 Upper Wortley Road, Kimberworth, Rotherham S61 2AB.

Family flowers only and if desired, a donation can be made to the Fire Fighters Charity.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


8 May 2019
Valediction – Retired Sub Officer Mr Kenneth ‘Cappy’ Kendrick

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Sub Officer, Mr Kenneth ‘Cappy’ Kendrick, aged 93 years on Monday 29 April 2019.

Mr Kendrick started his career with the Fire Service in April 1951, where he served at Elm Lane, Darnall Road, then Division Street Fire Station until his retirement in April 1981.

The funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at 1030 hours, Grenoside Crematorium, South Chapel, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8RZ.

In lieu of flowers, a donation if desired can be made to the Salvation Army, where a collection box will available after the service.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


11 April 2019
Minutes of NARF National Council Meeting and AGM - 6 and 7 April 2019

Please find below links to the Minutes from the NARF National Council meeting, the NARF National AGM held on the 6th and 7th April 2019 respectively, and a copy of the Audited NARF National Accounts.

NARF National Council Meeting 6 April 2019
NARF National AGM 7 April 2019
NARF National Audited Accounts 31 December 2019


04 April 2019
Valediction – Retired Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mr Paul Skelton

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mr Paul Skelton, aged 89 years on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

Mr Skelton commenced his career with the Fire Service in February 1950, where he served at Rotherham Fire Station, then promoted into several positions through the ranks until his retirement in July 1978.

The funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 9 April 2019 at 1615 hours, Rotherham Crematorium, East Herringthorpe, Rotherham S65 3NN.

The family have expressed that this is to be a strictly informal attendance with smart or casual wear and no uniforms please.

The family welcome any of Paul's ex-colleagues who wish to attend. 

We have also been informed that there will be a funeral service only without a reception / wake afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, donations if desired to be made in his memory to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Our thoughts are with his wife Patricia and his family at this sad time.


15 March 2019
Scam Warning – TV Licensing

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totaling more than 830,000.

How you can protect yourself:

What to do if you've fallen victim:

For more information on how to stay secure online. visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk


12 March 2019
Valediction - Retired Sub Officer, Mr Robin Paul Emerson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Robin Paul Emerson on 8th March 2019.

Rob started his career with the Fire Service in January 1977. He served at Division Street Fire Station, and then at Rivelin Valley Fire Station until his retirement in July 2006.

His funeral will take place at 2:00 pm on 18th March 2019 at:

Grenoside Crematorium North Chapel
5 Skew Hill Lane
Sheffield
S35 8RZ

The family welcome any ex-colleagues who wish to attend. Any donations to Barnsley Hospice please.

Our thoughts are with Robin's wife Patricia and his family at this sad time.

It is with regret that the Service has been informed of the death of retired Sub Officer, Mr Robin Paul Emerson, aged 67 years on Friday 8 March 2019.


04 March 2019
Fire Fighters Charity Prize Draw 20 February 2019

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7 February 2019
Pension Administration Survey

All members and former members of the Firefighters' Pension Scheme in England are invited to participate in an online survey about the service provided by your current or former FRS in relation to your pension. As a member of the Firefighters’ Pensions (England) Scheme Advisory Board we are fully behind this exercise which is being undertaken in partnership with Aon. The survey seeks your views on the frequency and quality of information you receive about your benefits and it is intended that the information collected will be used to improve the service you receive. This data will be collected by Aon to feed into a report to benchmark the standard of service across the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme in England.

it will take around 5 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The closing date is 28 February 2019.

Please complete the survey >here< (opens in a new window).


31 January 2019
Dave Lockwood Retires after 30 Years as Treasurer

After serving our membership for 30 years as the NARF Sheffield and Rotherham Treasurer, Dave Lockwood has decided to hang up his pen and put his feet up. I am sure you will all join with me in thanking him and his wife Pat for all the work they have undertaken on our behalf. Wishing you both all the best.

Ted Mullins.


8 January 2019
Next Meeting of Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters

Please be advised that the next meeting of the Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters' will be held at the 'Showroom and Workstation', Paternoster Row, Sheffield, at 7:30pm, on the 21st January, 2019.

>> Download Location Map for the Showroom and Workstation


8 January 2019
HM Revenue and Customs Alert

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


21 December 2018
Fire Fighters Charity Prize Draw 7 December 2018

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22 October 2018
Fire Service and State Pension Increases 2019

We have been informed that in 2019 the Fire Service Pension will increase by 2.4%, and the State Pension will increase by 2.6%.