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Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

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6Fire safety

(1)A fire and rescue authority must make provision for the purpose of promoting fire safety in its area.

(2)In making provision under subsection (1) a fire and rescue authority must in particular, to the extent that it considers it reasonable to do so, make arrangements for—

(a)the provision of information, publicity and encouragement in respect of the steps to be taken to prevent fires and death or injury by fire;

(b)the giving of advice, on request, about—

(i)how to prevent fires and restrict their spread in buildings and other property;

(ii)the means of escape from buildings and other property in case of fire.

7Fire-fighting

(1)A fire and rescue authority must make provision for the purpose of—

(a)extinguishing fires in its area, and

(b)protecting life and property in the event of fires in its area.

(2)In making provision under subsection (1) a fire and rescue authority must in particular—

(a)secure the provision of the personnel, services and equipment necessary efficiently to meet all normal requirements;

(b)secure the provision of training for personnel;

(c)make arrangements for dealing with calls for help and for summoning personnel;

(d)make arrangements for obtaining information needed for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1);

(e)make arrangements for ensuring that reasonable steps are taken to prevent or limit damage to property resulting from action taken for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1).

8Road traffic accidents

(1)A fire and rescue authority must make provision for the purpose of—

(a)rescuing people in the event of road traffic accidents in its area;

(b)protecting people from serious harm, to the extent that it considers it reasonable to do so, in the event of road traffic accidents in its area.

(2)In making provision under subsection (1) a fire and rescue authority must in particular—

(a)secure the provision of the personnel, services and equipment necessary efficiently to meet all normal requirements;

(b)secure the provision of training for personnel;

(c)make arrangements for dealing with calls for help and for summoning personnel;

(d)make arrangements for obtaining information needed for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1);

(e)make arrangements for ensuring that reasonable steps are taken to prevent or limit damage to property resulting from action taken for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1).

9Emergencies

(1)The Secretary of State may by order confer on a fire and rescue authority functions relating to emergencies, other than fires and road traffic accidents in relation to which the authority has functions under section 7 or 8.

(2)An order under this section may require functions conferred on a fire and rescue authority under this section to be discharged outside the authority’s area.

(3)An order under this section may make provision as to what a fire and rescue authority must or may do for the purpose of a function conferred under this section, and may in particular require or authorise a fire and rescue authority—

(a)to secure the provision of personnel, services and equipment;

(b)to secure the provision of training for personnel;

(c)to make arrangements for dealing with calls for help and for summoning personnel;

(d)to make arrangements for obtaining information needed for the purpose of discharging the function;

(e)to make arrangements for ensuring that reasonable steps are taken to prevent or limit damage to property resulting from discharging the function.

(4)An order under this section may confer a function, including a function of providing particular equipment, on a particular authority.

(5)Before making an order under this section the Secretary of State must consult any persons he considers appropriate.

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