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Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

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29Equipment, facilities, services and organisations

(1)The Secretary of State may provide and maintain, or contribute to the provision and maintenance of, any equipment, facilities and services he considers appropriate for promoting the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of fire and rescue authorities.

(2)The Secretary of State may establish and maintain, or contribute to the establishment and maintenance of, any organisations he considers appropriate for promoting the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of fire and rescue authorities.

(3)Charges may be imposed for the use of equipment, facilities and services provided by—

(a)the Secretary of State under subsection (1), or

(b)an organisation established or maintained by him.

(4)The Secretary of State may by order make provision requiring one ormore fire and rescue authorities—

(a)to use and maintain equipment and facilities specified in the order or of a description specified in the order;

(b)to use services specified in the order or of a description specified in the order.

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

30Directions for public safety purposes

(1)The Secretary of State may, if he considers it necessary for the purposes of public safety, by order give general or specific directions to one or more fire and rescue authorities about the use or disposal of property or facilities.

(2)The provision that may be contained in a direction under subsection (1) given to an authority includes—

(a)provision about the use or disposal by the authority of property or facilities belonging to or under the control of the authority;

(b)provision about the use by the authority of property or facilities belonging to or under the control of another fire and rescue authority or a person who has made the property or facilities available (or is willing to do so);

(c)provision requiring payments to be made by the authority to another fire and rescue authority or to any other person, in respect of the use of property or facilities.

(3)The references in subsection (2) to property or facilities belonging to a person include land occupied by the person.

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

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