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News and Information 2019

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

>>Download the Winning Numbers Here


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

>>Download the Winning Numbers Here


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%.