Our Statutory Responsiblities

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is classed as a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This means it has a statutory responsibility to:

  • assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning
  • put in place emergency plans
  • put in place business continuity arrangements in the event of situations such as severe weather disruption
  • warn and inform the public in the event of an emergency
  • share information with other local responders
  • co-operate with other responders to enhance efficiency

These activities are co-ordinated through our Resilience and Emergency Management team.

The Service takes part in regular exercises to test its own plans and also works with other agencies to test the multi-agency plans.

Our responsibilities

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service also has a range of statutory obligations arising from its provision of an emergency service, from its status as a public body and as an employer.

The below list of statutory requirements provides details of our main functions, some of which are mandatory and some of which are discretionary.

In addition there is further legislation with which we must comply, as well as acting in accordance with the common law.

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