Business Support Unit

The HR Business Support Unit, within Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, are responsible for:

  • HR contracts management including payroll, pensions, OHU

  • Provision of HR information systems and records

  • Workforce data and analysis

  • Recruitment and contracts of employment

Payroll: The Service runs one monthly payroll for both Green and Grey book employees

Pension:  The main schemes covering employees in CFRS are the Firefighters Pension Scheme, New Firefighters Pension Scheme, New Firefighters Pension Scheme 2015 and Local Government Pension Scheme.

Kier Business Services are contracted to provide pension payroll administration for all three pension schemes.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Administration

There are many roles within CFRS that require DBS clearance. Administration is undertaken by the Employee Services Team who track new DBS applications and renewal of existing checks at the appropriate time.

In some circumstances individuals will be required to meet with appropriate management to discuss information that might have been declared as a result of the process.

HR System/ Workforce Information

CFRS is required to provide workforce data to Communities and Local Government (CLG), much of which is generated from the Employee Services Team. In addition, data is needed for management information to support the Service monitor, in particular, sickness and turnover levels.


The Fire and Rescue Service continues to attract huge numbers of applications for firefighter vacancies. In addition to wholetime stations CFRS has a number of retained stations.

The recruitment process for a firefighter has been standardised and is very resource intensive.

In addition to dealing with firefighter vacancies, the team are responsible for co-ordinating and managing recruitment for support staff vacancies.

Last updated: Thursday 18 May 2017