(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order makes a scheme which combines the areas of the new borough councils of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees (which would otherwise become individual fire authorities on 1st April 1996 by virtue of the Local Government Act 1992), into a combined fire area. The scheme comes into force on the same day as the Order comes into force for the purpose of doing anything which is necessary to bring the scheme fully into operation on 1st April 1996. The scheme establishes a fire authority for the combined area, to be known as the Cleveland Fire Authority, and provides for the appointment and terms of office of its members, and for meetings of the Authority. The scheme establishes a fire brigade for the combined area, to be known as the Cleveland Fire Brigade, appoints its first chief officer, and provides for the submission of an establishment scheme to the Secretary of State. The scheme establishes a combined fire service fund and provides for the administration of the Authority’s finances. The scheme also provides for the transfer of staff, and certain property, rights and liabilities, directly from the County Council of Cleveland (the fire authority for the same area as the combined area prior to 1st April 1996) to the new combined authority.