Making Cornwall Safer
Last updated: 10/12/2013
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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Functions and Activities
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) have a legal duty to
enforce the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 commonly
known as the Fire safety Order. CFRS and the Business Fire
Safety Department meets this legal duty by:
Both of these duties support our main
objectives which are to:
- Reduce the incidence of fire in businesses
- Reduce the number of automatic fire alarms in businesses
The Business Fire Safety Department consists of a team
of fire safety officers based around the county in the following
local fire stations; Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, St. Austell,
In order to reduce the risk from fire to
businesses and their users, and help them comply with there legal
obligations, we can adopt a number of strategies dependant on the
risk in the premises. Initially we help businesses achieve
compliance by directing them to the relevant information and
providing advice and guidance. We run a risk based inspection
programme which is described below and, if all else fails, we will
enforce and prosecute.
In all these situations the responsibility for
fire safety in the premises lies with the Responsible Person not
with Cornwall Fire and Rescue.
Please read our Enforcement Policy to look at the standards we
adopt when enforcing the Fire safety Order.
Quick links to information on how we
Risk Based Inspection Programme
The Fire Safety Order covers all premises
(other then a few exceptions) except single private
dwellings. We prioritise our work based on risk, which is set
out in our Risk Based Inspection Programme.
People are at a far higher risk from fire when they are asleep
due to there inability to respond quickly. We prioritise
buildings where people sleep when deciding where to inspect.
When we look at the broad array of buildings where people sleep we
can prioritise further by looking at the vulnerability of the
occupants and their ability to help themselves in the event of a
fire. Due to this hospitals and residential care homes figure
highly on our inspection programme.
Cornwall has a large number of hotels, guest
houses and bed and breakfast. These pose a higher risk to the
occupants because of their unfamiliarity with the building and
escape routes. Due to this buildings who have paying guests
are included on our inspection programme.
There are a number of situations which would
imply a premise is not complying with the Fire safety Order in
which case we would inspect.
- A serious fire
- Repeat false alarms
- A substantiated fire safety concern
When structural alterations are made to a
building an application needs to be made to either Building Control or an approved inspector to
ensure the work complies with the Building Regulations 2010.
These regulations ensure that buildings are built to a certain
standard of safety, among other things.
We work in close partnership with Building Control and approved inspectors to
ensure that when a building or alteration is completed it satisfies
both the Building Regulations 2010 and the Fire safety Order.
We are responsible for enforcing the following
legislation which governs the storage of explosives.
- Explosives Act 1875;
- Manufacture and Storage of Explosives
Regulations 2005 (MSER); and
- Fireworks Regulations 2004 (Regulations made
under the “Fireworks Act 2003”
Our officers ensure that a premises satisfies
all the regulations, before issuing a licence, through site visits
and checking of the applications.
Petroleum and Vapour Recovery
We are responsible for enforcing the
legislation regarding petroleum storage and transport.
Because our officers visit all petrol filling
stations across Cornwall annually, we also administer the vapour
recovery permits for petrol filling stations on behalf of Cornwall
Council’s Public Health and Protection department.
Under the Licensing Act 2003 all fire authorities are consulted
whenever an application for a license is submitted. We will
usually deal with the licence using the Fire Safety Order but, if
we believe any issues will affect the licensing objectives, we will
feed back to the Licensing Authority.
Public Risk Register
Whenever a fire authority serve a formal
notice on a premises which may affect the safety of the public they
need to make the details available to the public. A formal
notice is either an enforcement, alterations or prohibitions
notice. The notice remains on the register for 7 years after
it has been lifted.
We are required to produce this risk register
under the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988. For further
details of this act visit the Government
Business Fire Safety
Cornwall Fire and Rescue