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When is the training for specialist teams performed ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriaDuring shift time
Belgium During shift time and outside normal shift hours
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic During shift time and outside normal shift hours
DenmarkN/A: it is only applicable for Copenhagen
Estonia
FinlandOutside normal shift hours
FranceOutside normal shift hours
GermanyDuring shift time
Outside normal shift hours
Greece During shift time and outside normal shift hours
Hungary
International During shift time and outside normal shift hours
IrelandDuring shift time
Outside normal shift hours
ItalyDuring and outside normal shift hours
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgDuring and outside normal shift hours
NetherlandsBoth
NorwayDuring shift time
PolandOutside normal shift hours
PortugalDuring shift time
Outside normal shift hours
Slovakia
SloveniaDuring shift time
Outside normal shift hours
Spain During shift time and outside normal shift hours
SwedenOutside normal shift hours
United Kingdom During shift time and outside normal shift hours


In case of specialist training outside normal shift hours, how are extra hours paid to firefighters ?


CountryNo.remark
Austria-
Belgium Other
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic Are paid overtime
Some training is free of charg
DenmarkAre paid overtime
Are paid in free time
Estonia
FinlandAre paid overtime
FranceAre paid in free time
GermanyAre paid overtime
Greece Are paid in free time
Remark:
Hungary
International Are considered within the workers salary
IrelandAre paid overtime
ItalyOther
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgAre paid in free time
NetherlandsAre paid overtime
Are paid in free time
NorwayN/A: training for specialist teams is performed within normal shift hours
PolandAre considered within the workers salary
PortugalOther
Slovakia
SloveniaAre paid overtime
Spain Are paid overtime
SwedenAre paid in free time
United Kingdom Are considered within the workers salary


When specialist teams operate as part of a shift, is there a requirement for a minimum number to be on duty ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriayesRemark:
BelgiumyesRemark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republicyes
DenmarkN/A: It is only applicable for Copenhagen
Estonia
Finlandyes
Franceyes
Germanyyes
GreeceNo
Hungary
Internationalyes
Irelandno
Italyyes
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgno
Netherlandsyes
NorwayyesRemark:
PolandnoRemark:
Portugalno
Slovakia
SloveniayesRemark:
SpainYesRemark:
Swedenyes
United Kingdomyes


Are tests made to members of specialist teams to check their skills or capabilities to re-qualify their membership ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriaYes periodically
Belgium Yes periodically
Remark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic Yes periodically
DenmarkN/A: It is only applicable for Copenhagen
Estonia
FinlandYes, random
FranceYes periodically
GermanyYes, random
GreeceYes
Hungary
International Yes periodically
IrelandYes, random
ItalyYes periodically
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgYes, random
NetherlandsYes periodically
NorwayYes, random
PolandYes, random
PortugalYes, random
Slovakia
SloveniaYes, random
Spain Yes periodically
SwedenYes periodically
United Kingdom Yes periodically


Are firefighters paid more money for being members of a specialist team ?


CountryNo.remark
Austriano
Belgiumno
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republicyes
Denmarkno
Estonia
Finlandyes
Franceyes
Germanyno
GreeceNormally no
Hungary
Internationalno
Irelandno
Italyyes
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgno
Netherlandsno
Norwayno
Polandno
Portugalno
Slovakia
SloveniayesRemark:
SpainYesRemark:
Swedenyes
United Kingdomno


If members of specialist teams are paid an additional wage/allowance, what percentage represents this extra money over the normal wage ?


CountryNo.remark
Austrianot applicable: specialists do not earn more
BelgiumSpecialists do not earn more money than other fire-fighters.
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic+ 10% approx.
DenmarkN/A: specialists do not earn more money
Estonia
FinlandYes, approximately 5-10 %.
Franceamount fixed by the statute, laid down in tables for specialism and level
Germanyno data available
GreeceAbout 55 ?/month
Hungary
InternationalN/A: specialists do not earn more money
Irelandnot applicable
Italy10%
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg-
NetherlandsN/A: specialists do not earn more money
NorwayN/A: specialists do not earn more money
PolandN/A: specialists do not earn more money
PortugalSpecialists do not earn more money
Slovakia
Slovenia5-10 %
SpainIt is stablished by each Service, so it changes depending on them.
SwedenOnly for scuba-divers e.g. 2%
United KingdomN/A: specialists do not earn more money


If specialists do not earn more money, what are the benefits or incentives to encourage firefighters to join specialist teams ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriaApplicability of the professional knowledge also in the private area, aquire special knowledge, surrender the challenge at special interventions
BelgiumAcquired specific skills might be occasionally appreciated in one?s private life. Personal satisfaction and professional acknowledgement is also involved. One?s motivated behaviour might positively influence the evaluation of his career.
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech RepublicN/A: specialists do earn more money
DenmarkN/A: it is only applicable for Copenhagen
Estonia
Finland Advantages at promotions
FranceAwards
GermanyOthersRemark:
Greece Granting of leisure time
Hungary
International Others
IrelandAdvantages at promotions
Italy-
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgpersonal satisfaction and merits for promotion
NetherlandsRecognition is a strong motivator, interest in (new) techniques
NorwayMerits for promotion and social recognition
PolandAwards
Advantages at promotions
PortugalAwards
Slovakia
SloveniaGranting of leisure time
Advantages at promotions
Spain Granting of leisure time
Advantages at promotions
Others
Remark:
SwedenN/A: specialists do earn more money
United Kingdom Others


Assuming the same rank, are members of different specialist teams paid the same money ?


CountryNo.remark
Austriayes
Belgiumyes
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republicyes
Denmarkyes
Estonia
Finlandyes
FranceyesRemark:
Germanyyes
GreeceYes
Hungary
Internationalyes
Irelandyes
Italyno
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgyes
Netherlandsyes
Norwayyes
Polandyes
Portugalno
Slovakia
Sloveniayes
SpainYes
Swedenyes
United Kingdomyes


How are members from the same specialist team rewarded ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriaDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
Belgium Depending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic Depending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
DenmarkDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
Estonia
FinlandDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
FranceDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
GermanyDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
Greece They all are paid the same
Hungary
International They all are paid the same
IrelandThey all are paid the same
ItalyDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
NetherlandsDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
NorwayDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
PolandDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
PortugalThey all are paid the same
Slovakia
SloveniaDepending on the rank (although they perform the same function).
Spain They all are paid the same
SwedenThey all are paid the same
United Kingdom They all are paid the same


Are any specialist teams organised at supra-service level, hence formed by personnel from different services?


CountryNo.remark
AustriayesRemark:
Belgiumyes
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech RepublicYes. For various big disasters is organised integrated rescue system (close co-operation between police, fire service and ambulance service)
DenmarkYes. Personnel from different fire brigades joint to form water rescue teams in co-ordination with police and ambulance service.
Ad hoc teams formed by personnel from different fire brigades, police and ambulance, etc. intended as first aid during inte
Estonia
FinlandyesRemark:
Franceno
Germanyno
GreeceYes
Hungary
InternationalYes, UKSART (United Kingdom Search & Rescue Team) deployed to disaster scenarios
Irelandno
Italyno
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgyes
Hazmat
Netherlandsno
Norwayno
Polandno
Portugalno
Slovakia
Sloveniano
SpainNoRemark:
SwedenYes, International rescue teams and water rescue teams, formed by personnel from different fire brigades.
United KingdomYes, UKSART (United Kingdom Search & Rescue Team) deployed to disaster scenarios


Who co-ordinates specialist teams from different services during a major incident ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriaThe executive duties are regulated especially for catastrophe interventions by law (district chieftain, head of provincial government)
BelgiumThe commander on site will get logistic and organisational support of an orchestrated crisis co-ordination committee (municipally or provincially organised.)
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic Fire service
Remark:
DenmarkFire service
Police
Estonia
FinlandFire service
FranceFire service
GermanyFire service
Greece Fire service
Hungary
InternationalPolice have the legal responsibility at local level, in practice a joint command centre is established with all of the agencies concerned. Fire service are always in charge if there is a fire.
Irelandis not regulated
ItalyFire service
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgCivil protection
NetherlandsFire service
NorwayPolice when rescue-operations
Fire service when fires and emergency pollution sitations.
PolandFire service
PortugalCivil protection
Slovakia
SloveniaFire service
Spain Civil protection
SwedenFire service
United KingdomPolice have the legal responsibility at local level, in practice a joint command centre is established with all of the agencies concerned. Fire service are always in charge if there is a fire.


Who co-ordinates specialist teams from different services during a disaster being large in scale ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriaFire service
Others
Remark:
Belgium Others
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic Fire service
Remark:
DenmarkFire service
Police
Estonia
FinlandFire service
Franceprefect of the département
GermanyFire service
Greece Civil protection
Remark:
Hungary
InternationalHome Office
Irelandis not regulated
ItalyCivil protection authorities
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgCivil protection
NetherlandsFire serviceRemark:
NorwayPolice when rescue-operations
Regional co-ordinator, usually the county governor, when other incidents
PolandFire service
PortugalCivil protection
Slovakia
SloveniaCivil protection
Spain Civil protection
SwedenSwedish Rescue Services Agency.
United KingdomHome Office


Are specialist teams registered and available for international emergency co-operation ?


CountryNo.remark
Austriayes
Rescue dog crew
BelgiumyesRemark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republicyes
DenmarkYes. Emergency Management Agency
Estonia
FinlandyesRemark:
Franceyes
Germanyno
GreeceYesRemark:
Hungary
InternationalYes, Home Office - Fire Service Inspectorate
Irelandno
Italyyes
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgno
NetherlandsnoRemark:
NorwaySea rescue and fire on ships at sea, co-ordinated by one of the two National rescue operation centres.
PolandyesRemark:
Portugalno
Slovakia
Sloveniano
SpainNo
The special rescue groups such as water and mountain, usually have a working area limited to the Service influence area, althoug there are Services that have stablished cooperation agreement for cases of international help.
SwedenYes, Swedish Rescue Services Agency
United KingdomYes, Home Office - Fire Service Inspectorate


What is it done to make specialist teams operational internationally ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriaExchange programmes
Belgium Other
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic Exchange programmes
Special language courses
Other
Remark:
DenmarkSpecial courses
Estonia
FinlandExchange programmes
Other
Remark:
FranceExchange programmes
Other
Germanynational contact points
under development for the UNDAC level
Remark:
GreeceSpecial equipment
Hungary
InternationalUndertake specialist training in other countries
Irelandnot applicable
ItalyThe ministry of foreign affairs request the ministry of interior the availability of the teams
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgonly regionally at the border
NetherlandsN/A: specialist teams are not available for international emergency co-operation.
Under development
Norway Undertake specialist training in other countrie
PolandExchange programmes
Special language courses
International and national exercises, undertake specialist training in other countries.
PortugalOther
Slovakia
Sloveniaspecialist teams are not available for international emergency cooperation
SpainThe special groups are - by mayority - not available for international operations
SwedenExchange programmes
Special language courses
United KingdomUndertake specialist training in other countries


Does the fire service provide specialist training to other services or agencies ?


CountryNo.remark
Austriano
BelgiumyesRemark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech RepublicYes. To Police and Ambulance Service; fire prevention training to construction authorities.
Denmarkno
Estonia
Finlandno
FranceyesRemark:
GermanynoRemark:
GreeceNo
Hungary
InternationalYes, To ambulance service in the use of breathing apparatus for their special casualty access teams (SCAT). Scientific advisors engaged by brigades.
Irelandno
Italyno
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgyesRemark:
Netherlandsno
Norwayno
Polandyes
High rise rescue, water rescue to other services, fire prevention training
Portugalyes
Slovakia
Sloveniano
SpainYesRemark:
SwedenYes, e.g. scuba-diving to other services
United KingdomYes, To ambulance service in the use of breathing apparatus for their special casualty access teams (SCAT). Scientific advisors engaged by brigades.





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