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Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

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  1. Introduction

  2. Background

  3. Overview

  4. Territorial Application

  5. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1: Fire and Rescue Authorities

      1. Section 1: Fire and rescue authorities

      2. Sections 2, 3 and 4: Creation of combined fire and rescue authorities; supplementary; and combined authorities under the Fire Services Act 1947

      3. Section 5:  Powers of combined fire and rescue authorities

    2. Part 2: Functions of Fire and Rescue Authorities

      1. Core functions

        1. Section 6: Fire safety

        2. Sections 7 and 8: Fires and road traffic accidents

        3. Section 9: Emergencies

      2. Other functions

        1. Section 10: Directions relating to particular fires and emergencies

        2. Sections 11 and 12: Power to respond to other eventualities; and other services

      3. Assistance in discharge of functions

        1. Sections 13 and 14: Reinforcement schemes and directions as to reinforcement schemes

        2. Section 15: Arrangements with other employers of fire-fighters

      4. Discharge of functions by others

        1. Sections 16 and 17: Arrangements for discharge of functions by others

      5. Supplementary

        1. Section 18: Training centres

        2. Section 19:  Charging

        3. Section 20:  Exercise of powers at or under sea

    3. Part 3: Administration

      1. Fire and Rescue National Framework

        1. Section 21: Fire and Rescue National Framework

        2. Section 22 and 23: Intervention by Secretary of State and intervention protocol

        3. Section 25: Report

      2. Supervision

        1. Section 26: Information

        2. Section 27: Inquiries

        3. Section 28: Inspectors

      3. Supplementary

        1. Section 29: Equipment, facilities, services and organisations

        2. Section 30: Directions for public safety purposes

        3. Section 31: Training institution and centres

    4. Part 4: Employment

      1. Negotiating bodies

        1. Section 32 Negotiating bodies

        2. Section 33: Guidance

      2. Pensions etc.

        1. Section 34: Pensions etc.

        2. Section 35: Information in connection with pensions etc.

        3. Section 36: Preservation of existing pension scheme

      3. Supplementary

        1. Section 37: Prohibition on employment of police

    5. Part 5: Water Supply

      1. Section 38: Duty to secure water supply etc.

      2. Section 39: Supply of water by water undertakers

      3. Section 40: Emergency supply by water undertaker

      4. Section 41: Supply by other persons

      5. Section 42: Fire hydrants

      6. Section 43: Notice of works affecting water supply and fire hydrants

    6. Part 6: Supplementary

      1. Powers in the event of emergency

        1. Section 44: Powers of fire-fighters etc in an emergency

      2. Powers of entry

        1. Section 45: Obtaining information and investigating fires

        2. Section 46: Supplementary powers

        3. Section 47: Notices: general

        4. Section 48: Notices given electronically

      3. False alarms

        1. Section 49: False alarms of fire

      4. Consequential provision

        1. Section 51: Abolition of Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council

    7. Part 7: General

      1. Sections 62 and 63: Wales/Extent

  6. Commencement

  7. Hansard References

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