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Statutory Duties and Responsibilities

Statutory Duties and Responsibilities

The legislation governing the Fire and Rescue Service is covered by the following:

  • Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
  • Civil Contingencies Act 2004
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Fire and Rescue Service (Emergencies) (England) Order 2007
  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Policing and Crime Act 2017
  • Fire and Rescue National Framework for England (2012)

The primary legislative provisions which determine the functions of the Service include:

  • Promoting fire safety.
  • Extinguishing fires and protecting life and property.
  • Rescuing people from road traffic collisions (and a large range of other risks determined through the Emergencies Order).
  • Responding to other types of emergencies.
  • Entering into reinforcement schemes with other fire authorities for mutual assistance.
  • Assessing the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning; and in this regard to:
    • Put in place emergency plans.
    • Put in place business continuity management arrangements.
    • Put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency.
    • Share information with other local responders to enhance coordination; and
    • Cooperate with other local responders to enhance coordination and efficiency.
  • Cooperate with other local responders to reduce crime, disorder and re-offending (including anti-social and other behaviour adversely affecting the local environment).

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