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The Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

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Powers of fire and rescue officers in an emergency, etc.N.I.
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18.  (1)  A fire and rescue officer being on duty, may do anything he reasonably believes to be necessary–

(a)if he reasonably believes a fire to have broken out or to be about to break out, for the purpose of extinguishing or preventing the fire or protecting life or property;

(b)if he reasonably believes a road traffic accident to have occurred, for the purpose of rescuing persons or protecting them from serious harm;

(c)if he reasonably believes an emergency of another kind to have occurred, for the purpose of carrying out any function conferred on the Board in relation to the emergency; and

(d)for the purpose of preventing or limiting damage to property resulting from action taken as mentioned in sub-paragraph (a), (b) or (c).

(2) In particular, a fire and rescue officer may under paragraph (1)–

(a)enter premises, by force if necessary, without the consent of the owner or occupier of the premises;

(b)move or break into a vehicle without the consent of its owner;

(c)close a road;

(d)stop and regulate traffic; and

(e)restrict the access of persons to premises.

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