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Surrey Fire and Rescue's plans strategies and legislation

Planning framework

Corporate Strategy

The Corporate Strategy sets out our vision and objectives for the county over the next five years. It is a high-level document that tells our residents, Members, partners and staff about where we aspire for the Council to be in five years time.

Directorate Strategy

Each directorate has a strategy in place that describes how they will contribute to the Corporate Strategy and the key priorities, objectives and targets that the directorate hopes to achieve over the course of the year.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Action Plan/Service Plan

The Surrey Fire and Rescue Action Plan/Service plan sets out how we will help to deliver the Directorate strategy.

Public Safety Plan (PSP)

Surrey Fire and Rescue Authority's Public Safety Plan is our long term, risk based business strategy which outlines our aims and priorities for 2016-2025.

Station Plans

Station plans set the specific objectives and targets for the 26 individual fire stations within Surrey and contain some of the detail which will help deliver the Service Strategies. The 2018-19 plans will be available at the end of March.

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Fire legislation and Acts

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is granted its' powers under legislation which has replaced a number of acts of parliament dating back 60 years. Since 1961 a number of Fire Safety Acts and Regulations (Statutes) have been legislated which fire and rescue authorities have been given direct responsibility to enforce.

Fire Services Act 2004

On 1 October 2004 Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 came into force which placed the Fire and Rescue National Framework on a statutory footing. The Act introduced a requirement to promote fire safety, which will help save more lives and reduce injuries from fire. It also places on a statutory footing other activities previously outside of the Fire Services remit, including rescue from road traffic collisions, response to serious environmental disasters and for dealing with large scale emergencies.

It clarifies the duties and powers of fire authorities to:

  • Promote fire safety
  • Fight fires
  • Protect people and property from fires
  • Rescue people from road traffic incident
  • Deal with other specific emergencies, such as flooding or terrorist attack
  • Do other things to respond to the particular needs of their communities and the risks they face

The Act replaces the Fire Services Act 1947 and is intended to drive forward the Government's agenda to establish a modern and efficient Fire and Rescue Service designed to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Fire and Rescue Service (Emergencies) (England) Order 2007

Fire and Rescue Service (Emergencies) (England) Order 2007 outlines the additional statutory duties of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 for fire authorities.

The duty requires authorities, where provision of resources has been made by central government, to respond to incidents, both within and outside the authority area, involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear hazards (CBRN) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).

The Order compliments the National Mutual Assistance Protocol, to which this Authority is a signatory. This requires fire authorities to make a reasonable response to requests for assistance in relation to any large-scale emergency outside of their area.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is a statutory instrument, applicable only in England and Wales, which places the responsibility on individuals within an organisation to carry out risk assessments to identify, manage and reduce the risk of fire. It became law on 1 October 2006.

Civil Contingencies Act 2004

Fire and rescue authorities are 'category 1 responders' under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This means we are subject to the full set of civil protection duties, including: Assessing the risk of emergencies happening (ranging from widespread flooding to terrorist attacks) and using this to inform contingency planning. Ensuring that emergency plans and business continuity management arrangements are in place.

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