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On-Call Payments

Request

I write to request details of the contract arrangements for your Retained/On-Call staff, in particular, the level(s) of Retaining Fees used and the corresponding level of availability required in return (i.e. full retainer = 120hrs availability on average of a defined period of time, 75% retainer for anything below 120hrs).

In addition, whether the service provides the opportunity for their Retained/On-Call staff to undertake Community Fire Safety duties and if so whether this is paid at the normal hourly rate.

Response

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) offer the following flexible contracts as detailed below:

On-call employees

144 hours - 120%

132 hours - 110%

120 hours - 100%

108 hours - 90%

96 hours - 80%

84 hours - 75 %

72 hour - 62.5%

66 hours - 55%

60 hours - 50%

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54 hours - 45%

48 hours - 40%

42 hours - 35%

36 hours - 30%

Contracts of 54 hours and below are only offered as a result of operational need and would need to be approved by an Area Manager.

Wholetime/Control/Support and On-Call employees (Secondary Employment i.e. both roles with DFRS)

60 hours - 50%

54 hours - 45%

48 hours - 40%

42 hours - 35%

36 hours - 30%

30 hours - 25%

24 hours - 20 %

18 hours - 15%

12 hours - 10%

In addition to the above, we also have casual hours contracts available to Wholetime/Control/Support and On-Call employees, whereby the employee gives On-Call cover at the request of the supervisory manager of the On-Call unit to supplement staffing and maintain appliance availability.

Our On-Call employees do undertake Community Fire Safety duties and these duties are paid at the normal hourly rate.