Our Statutory Duties

Memeber of staff carrying out a fire safety inspection

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose reflects the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the National Framework in setting down West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority's commitments and expectations through its strategic priorities and objectives.

Statement of Purpose (221.56kb) (PDF Document - Opens in a new window)

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

As part of the Government's commitment to reduce death, injury and damage caused by fire, fire safety law has been changed as a result of the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (pdf, 248kb, opens in new window) (PDF Document - Opens in a new window) came into force on 1 October 2006. The Fire Safety Order applies in England and Wales. Northern Ireland and Scotland will have their own laws.

Responsibility for enforcing the Order in most premises in West Yorkshire will be West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority. Inspections of those premises that present the highest risk to the community will be completed following a risk-based inspection programme.

Further information and guidance documents can be found using the following links:

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) provides additional information. They have published a series of guides to assist those responsible for fire safety in premises on how to comply with the new Order and provide detailed information on risk assessments and other issues.

Fire Kills (Opens in a new window) (external link, opens in new window) - developed by the Government in partnership with the Fire and Rescue Authorities gives easier access to services, helps improve community safety and save lives.