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19 Fire brigade establishments to be determined in accordance with approved schemes.E+W+S

(1)The establishment of members of a fire brigade of different descriptions and ranks, and of fire stations and equipment of different descriptions, to be maintained by a fire authority in pursuance of the foregoing provisions of this Act shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of a scheme made by the authority under this section (hereafter in this Act referred to as an “establishment scheme”) and for the time being in force.

(2)An establishment scheme shall provide that the chief officer of the fire brigade to which the scheme relates shall be directly responsible to the fire authority maintaining the brigade or to a committee thereof.

[F1(3) Every fire authority shall notify the Secretary of State not later than the end of January in any year of the establishment scheme in force in their area on the first day of January in that year.]

[F1(4) A fire authority shall not vary the establishment scheme for their area by closing a fire station or reducing the number of—

(a)whole-time members of any rank of the fire brigade to which the scheme relates, other than members whose duties do not normally include fire fighting,

(b)part-time members of that brigade,

(c)pumping appliances kept ready to attend fires, or

(d)other appliances kept ready to attend fires,

except with the approval of the Secretary of State.]

(5)If as respects the area of any fire authority—

F2(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(b)at any time it appears to the Secretary of State that the establishment scheme in force is not satisfactory.

the Secretary of State may, after affording to the fire authority an opportunity of making representations to him, make a scheme.

(6)The provisions of subsections (1), (2), [F3(3)], (4) and (5) of this section shall apply to a scheme made under the said subsection (5) as if it were an establishment scheme F4. . .

F5(7). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(8)The Secretary of State may, for the purposes of his functions under this section, hold such public local inquiries as he thinks fit; and if in connection with the making of a scheme under paragraph (b) of subsection (5) of this section the fire authority so requires, the Secretary of State shall cause a public local inquiry to be held before he makes the scheme.

F5(9)(10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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F3"(3)" inserted by virtue of Fire Services Act 1959 (c. 44), s. 7(1)

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