Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
Parliament of the United Kingdom
|Long title||An Act to make provision about fire and rescue authorities and their functions; to make provision about employment by, and powers of employees of, fire and rescue authorities; to make provision about education and training and pension schemes; to make provision about the supply of water; to make provision about false alarms of fire; to provide for the funding of advisory bodies; and for connected purposes.|
|Chapter||2004 c 21|
|Royal Assent||22 July 2004|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
It came into effect on 1 October 2004. It only applies to Great Britain and most provisions apply only in England and Wales. Replacing the previous Fire Services Act 1947 in England and Wales, 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 and
- do other things to respond to the particular needs of their communities and the risks they face.
Section 44 
Section 61 - Commencement 
The following orders have been made under this section:
- The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (Commencement) (England and Scotland) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/2304 (C. 100))
- The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (Commencement) (Wales) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/2917 (W. 256) (C. 121))
- The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 64 of this Act.
- The Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006, section 7(2); the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006 (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/153 (C.7)), article 2
- Office of the Deputy Prime Minister - Information on the act
- The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, as amended from the National Archives.
- The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, as originally enacted from the National Archives.
- Explanatory notes to the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004.