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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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