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The Fire Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1984

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  1. Introductory Text


    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation


    1. The Fire Authority for Northern Ireland

      1. 3.The Fire Authority for Northern Ireland

      2. 4.Duties of the Authority

      3. 5.Powers of the Authority

      4. 6.Fire-hydrants

      5. 7.Water supplies

      6. 8.Application of certain provisions of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972

    2. Administration and finance

      1. 9.Establishment scheme

      2. 10.Pensions

      3. 11.Expenditure by the Authority

      4. 12.Accounts and audit

      5. 13.Estimates of the Authority's receipts and payments

      6. 14.Payments to the Authority

      7. 15.Borrowing powers

      8. 16.Annual report

      9. 17.Insurance by the Authority against accidents to its members

      10. 18.Owners, occupiers, etc., not to pay for fire services

    3. Miscellaneous

      1. 19.Power to extinguish fires, etc.

      2. 20.False alarms


    1. Premises for which fire certificates are required

      1. 21.Interpretation

      2. 22.Uses of premises for which fire certificate is compulsory

      3. 23.Premises exempt from Article 22

      4. 24.Power to make fire certificate compulsory for use of premises as dwelling etc.

      5. 25.Right of appeal against, and coming into force of, notices under Article 24

    2. Fire certificates

      1. 26.Application for, and issue of, fire certificate

      2. 26A.Powers for the Authority to grant exemption in particular cases

      3. 26B.Withdrawal of exemptions under Article 26A

      4. 27.Contents of fire certificate

      5. 28.Offences in relation to foregoing provisions

      6. 29.Change of conditions affecting adequacy of certain matters specified in fire certificate, etc.

      7. 29A.Change of conditions affecting premises for which exemption has been granted

      8. 29B.Charges for issue or amendment of fire certificates

      9. 30.Right of appeal as regards matters arising out of Articles 26 to 29

      10. 31.Duty as to means of escape and for fighting fire

      11. 31A.Codes of practice as to means of escape and for fighting fire

      12. 31B.Legal effect of codes of practice

      13. 31C.Improvement notices

      14. 31D.Rights of appeal against improvement notices

      15. 31E.Provision as to offences

      16. 32.Means of escape from fire in hotels and boarding houses

    3. Premises involving excessive fire risk

      1. 33.Special procedure in case of serious risk: prohibition notices

      2. 33A.Rights of appeal against prohibition notices

      3. 33B.Provision as to offences

    4. Regulations about fire precautions

      1. 34.Power to make regulations about fire precautions

      2. 35.Exercise of certain powers of Authority where building regulations as to means of escape apply

    5. Consultation between the Authority and other authorities

      1. 36.District councils to consult Authority before dispensing with or relaxing certain requirements of building regulations

      2. 37.District councils to consult Authority in certain cases before passing plans

      3. 38.Authority to consult other authorities before requiring alterations to buildings

    6. Enforcement

      1. 39.Enforcement of this Part

      2. 40.Powers of authorised members of the fire brigade

      3. 41.Restriction on disclosure of information

    7. Offences, penalties and legal proceedings

      1. 42.Falsification of documents, false statements, etc.

      2. 43.Offences due to fault of other person

      3. 44.Defence available to persons charged with offences

      4. 44A.Civil and other liability

      5. 45.Power where notice under Article 24 in force, to modify agreements, etc.

    8. Supplemental

      1. 46.Suspension of terms and conditions of licences dealing with same matters as fire certificates or regulations

      2. 47.Modification of application of this Part to factory, office and shop premises

      3. 48.Power to apply this Part to vessels and movable structures

      4. 49.Application of this Part to Crown, etc.


    1. 49A.Functions of the Department

    2. 50.Inspectors

    3. 51.Inquiries and default powers


    1. 52.Orders and regulations

    2. 53.Amendments, savings, transitional provisions and repeals


    1. SCHEDULE 1


        1. Appointment of members

          1. 1.(1) Subject to this Schedule, the authority shall consist of...

          2. Para. 2 rep. by 1998 NI 11

          3. 3.(1) In appointing a person to fill a casual vacancy...

          4. 4.The Authority may pay to its Chairman, Vice-Chairman and other...

        2. Resignation and disqualification of members

          1. 5.A member of the Authority may resign his membership by...

          2. 6.Where any member of the Authority is absent from the...

          3. 7.The Head of the Department may, by notice in writing...

          4. 8.(1) A member of the Authority who is concerned, by...

          5. 9.A person who is a member of the Authority or...

          6. 10.A member of the Authority on vacating his office at...


        1. 11.(1) Where at any meeting of the Authority both the...

        2. 12.The Authority may act notwithstanding a vacancy in its number...

        3. 13.No defect in the appointment of any person acting as...

        4. 14.(1) the seal of the Authority shall be authenticated by...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      1. 1.Section 97 of, and Schedule 6 to, the Local Government...

      2. 2.For section 97 (1) and (2) of the Act the...

      3. 3.In Schedule 6 to the Act— (a) references to a...

      1. Schedule 3—Amendments

    3. SCHEDULE 4

      1. General savings

        1. 1.The repeal by this Order of any statutory provision shall...

      2. References to former fire authorities

        1. 2.References in any statutory provision made before 12th April 1973...

      3. Fire certificates under Factories Act (Northern Ireland) 1965 or Office and Shop Premises Act (Northern Ireland) 1966

        1. 3.In paragraphs 4 and 5— “Factories Act certificate” means a...

        2. 4.(1) Where by virtue of an order under Article 22...

        3. 5.Any application for a Factories Act certificate or an Offices...

        4. 6.Paragraphs 3 to 5 shall have effect, with such modification...

      4. Existing members of the Authority

        1. 7.(1) Those persons who, immediately before the coming into operation...

      1. Schedule 5—Repeals

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