Our Statutory Duties
The responsibilities and duties of the fire and rescue services in England and Wales are principally governed by the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004. This Act requires all fire authorities to make provision for fire fighting purposes, which not only means putting out fires but also includes protecting life and property from fire. It also makes provision for attending road traffic collisions and other emergencies as well as providing a statutory footing for undertaking community safety activities. Additionally, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires all fire authorities to enforce fire safety standards in a variety of commercial premises such as offices, shops, schools, factories, hospitals etc.
Responsibility for the three fire and rescue services in Wales was devolved to the Welsh Government in 2004. In accordance with the transfer of responsibilities the Welsh Government regulary produces a National Framework which sets out priorities and objectives for fire and rescue in Wales.
In accordance with these framework documents each fire and rescue service must then produce a risk reduction plan. Risk Reduction Plans focus on community and corporate risks in a holistic way and are a blueprint for how the services then manage risk within their respective area. A key objectives of the Risk Reduction Plans is to link to the Government's commitment to reduce deaths and injuries resulting from fire and road traffic collisions.
Click here to access the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004.