Our Statutory Duties

The service has a duty to:

Promote fire safety through the provision of information, advice, publicity and encouragement to prevent fires and death or injury by fire.

Provide a safe and effective operational response to meet a wide range of incidents.

These incidents include:

  • Fires
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Building collapse
  • Water rescue, including flooding
  • Rope rescue
  • Hazardous materials incidents and mass decontamination
  • National and international rescue.

The service also plays a full part in the National Resilience Programme which prepares for and responds to major emergencies and unexpected events such as natural disasters or terrorist incidents. The resources we maintain to support this programme include High Volume Pumps, Mass Decontamination Equipment and hazardous materials specialists who are trained to detect, identify and monitor chemicals.