Public Buildings: Fire Prevention

Home Office written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Chris Williamson Chris Williamson Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Fire and Emergency Services)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2017 to Question 3762, on public buildings: fire prevention, whether her Department collects information on the number of fire and rescue service officers deployed to inspect and audit buildings under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

It is the responsibility of individual fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) to assess and plan for potential risks at sites in their local area, as part of the process of the Integrated Risk Management Plan for their area. The government provides guidance to local resilience forums, which include the fire and rescue services, on how to interpret the risks in the National Risk Assessment and National Risk Register to help with their local assessment of risk. This ensures that risk assessment at all levels of government is integrated, so it can underpin coherent emergency planning throughout the country.

FRAs are required to have a risk based inspection programme and management strategy in place to ensure compliance with the Fire Safety Order within their area.

It is the responsibility of each FRA to manage its prevention, protection and operational resources to effectively address risks within their communities. This includes determining which premises to audit to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Fire Safety Order . There is no target for the number of fire safety audits that fire and rescue services must carry out each year.

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