Essays on The UK Law and the Fire Service Assignment

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The paper "The UK Law and the Fire Service" is a worthy example of an assignment on social science. In the UK, the relevant fire safety legislation includes the Fire Rescue Services Act 2004, The General Product Safety Regulations 1994, The Housing Regulations in 1990, Fire Precautions Act 1971 (S. 10), the Housing Acts 1980 and 1985, the Consumer Protection Act 1987, and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Some of these Acts and Regulations apply only to landlords and or commercial landlords who let property as part of a business.

Current legislation does, however, provide various powers to local authorities, trading standards officers, environmental health officers, the fire service, and/ or other agencies, to inspect properties reported or suspected to be unsafe. All landlords should examine their property and the appliances and furnishings therein to ensure they meet the required standards (Booth 2003. p. 42) Under the Fire Rescue Services Act 2004, the government has a duty to produce and maintain a national framework document which sets out the government’ s plan for what is required from fire and rescue authorities.

The government’ s vision for the UK Fire and Rescue Service is that is should be proactive in preventing fires and other risks in the commercial and domestic sectors. Fire and rescue authorities are also engaged in support of the government’ s wide agenda of social inclusion, neighborhood renewal, and crime reduction. Moreover, they are required to produce and publish local standards of service based on an integrated risk management plan or IRMP that describes how the Fire and Rescue Service will create a safer community (British Retail Consortium 2006, p. 58). The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires building owners and responsible persons to carry out fire risk assessments and implement appropriate fire precaution measures. The UK laws emphasis on preventing fires & reducing risks is being adopted internationally, in fact, Abu Dhabi’ s fire and safety approach is changing and modernizing based on international fire and rescue services regulations.

In addition, fire legislation in this country will be embedded within the public sector, safety, and infrastructure


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