North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority agrees two proposals for consultation to form its Integrated Risk Management Action Plan for 2014/15
Published on 8 July 2014
At its meeting on the 25th June 2014, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority agreed two proposals for consultation, which will form the Service’s Integrated Risk Management Action Plan for 2014/15.
The consultation will run until 5th September 2014, and there are separate feedback surveys for the two proposals.
Proposal One- Changes to Our Response to Automatic Fire Alarms
Automatic fire alarms (AFAs) are systems of fire detection and fire alarms that are, mainly, installed in non-domestic buildings.
In 2013/14 North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended over 1900 calls to automatic fire alarm activations that turned out to be false alarms. These account for around 24% of all our incidents.
Attendance at these false alarms means that fire service staff and resources are not available to attend fires or other emergencies, or are taken away from essential training or prevention (community safety) work.
We are therefore, proposing to change our response to automatic fire alarms in the following way;
Proposal Two- Proposed changes to charges for special service calls
Special service calls are incidents which do not involve fire or emergency medical assistance.
They are classified as:
This would include calls which ‘involve the saving of a life or emergency rescue operations which release, or assist in the release of, persons from life threatening or dangerous situations, and all services of a humanitarian nature which promote human welfare or reduce suffering.” These include road traffic collisions, water rescues and dealing with chemical leaks.
This would include: pumping water from flooded buildings/vehicles where there is no question of danger to the public, removing chimney pots which have become a danger to the public, services which involve trapped animals or birds, providing safety cover at large public events etc.
The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, makes provision for fire authorities to charge for attending certain kinds of special service calls, as set by the Fire Authority. Currently we charge for some calls in certain circumstances.
As there is often an expectation from other organisations and members of the public that we will assist at non-emergency calls and because we want to aid public safety and well-being we are now proposing; to cease charging for humanitarian special service calls of a non-emergency nature where the aim is to protect and support public safety and wellbeing.
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