The Protection Group carries out the Fire Authority's responsibility to protect life and property from fire.

This objective is achieved in two ways:

  • Statutory obligations, which are imposed on the Fire Authority by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 and the Licensing Act 2003. This includes consulting with Public bodies, County Council departments, District Councils, and Unitary Authorities.
  • Good-will advice given under Section 6(2)(b) of the Fire & Rescue Services Act, 2004. This good-will advice applies solely to premises not covered under the RR(FS)O.

The Protection Group undertakes a comprehensive risk-based inspection programme of premises that the RR(FS)O applies to in accordance with Fire Service Circular 1/2004.

The Protection Group will only carry out an audit of the management premises that fall into the following categories:

  • Premises that have a High Risk to the life of the occupants should a fire occur.
  • Premises that have recently experienced a fire or been the subject of an arson attack.
  • Premises that have experienced an excessive number of fire alarm signals that have turned out to be false alarms.
  • Premises that have been subject to a fire safety complaint from a member of the public, a partner agency or an operational crew.
  • Premises selected as a consequence of thematic reviews.

All enforcement actions will be taken in compliance with the Enforcement Management Model and the Enforcement Concordat.

Fire Safety matters that concern domestic areas not covered by the Fire Safety Order are dealt with by Community Safety.