Fire

Fire and Rescue Services Bill published.(News)

The New Year saw the Fire and Rescue Services Bill published. The Bill will drive forward the Government's modernisation agenda for the Service as set out in the White Paper, and will pass into statute the National Framework--a draft of which was published in December (see FIRE Jan 2003).

Commenting on the Bill, Fire Service Minister Nick Raynsford said: "The Bill is a crucial step forward in the Government's modernisation agenda for the Fire and Rescue Service. It marks the first substantial piece of legislation to modernise the Service in over half a century.

"We all recognise the professionalism and bravery of firefighters in what remains a dangerous job. But the fact remains that despite the success of the Service in attending fires, too many lives are still lost. …

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