Implementing fire safety reforms: last issue we reported on the committee stage considering oral presentations on the Draft Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. With implementation expected next Spring, the CFOA working group provides an overview on the wide range of implementation issues which need considering.(Fire Safety)

Now that the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) is moving through the parliamentary scrutiny process, it is anticipated the RRO will come into force in Spring 2005. The Chief Fire officers Association's, working group, set up in 2002 under the chairmanship of DCFO Andy Marles of South Wales, is now to cussed on the wide range of implementation issues, opportunities and challenges that the RRO will present to the Fire and Rescue Service.

Building on the principles of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 as amended, and repealing the Fire Precautions Act 1971, allows the Fire and Rescue Service to focus on prevention, rather than cure, and gives the business community the opportunity to manage the risk from fire as it applies to their particular sector.

The group recognises that by investing much time and effort at this stage it will give the opportunity not only to achieve national consistency, for example in areas of inspection and enforcement, but also to prove more efficient and effective than individual brigades working in isolation. …

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