Fire and Rescue authorities must make provision for promoting fire safety, including fire prevention, and have a locally determined risk-based inspection programme in place for enforcing compliance with the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in premises to which it applies.
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Business Fire Safety teams, deliver the Fire Authority’s responsibility to protect life and property from fire.
This is achieved in number of 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.
- Goodwill advice given under Section 6(2)(b) of the Fire & Rescue Services Act, 2004. This goodwill advice applies solely to premises not covered under the RR(FS)O.
The Business Fire Safety teams will only carry out an audit of the management of 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.
You could be fined or go to prison if you don’t follow fire safety regulations.
All enforcement action taken by Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service 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 our Community Safety teams.