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Power to Charge

Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) have  a power to charge for the provisions of services other than fire-fighting under Section 3(1)(e) of the Fire Services Act 1947. The 1947 Act was repealed by the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 ('the 2004 Act'). Section 19 of the 2004 Act generally provides that the Secretary of State may by an Order authorise a FRA to charge a person for any action taken by the authority.

A FRA is however prohibited from imposing a charge for extinguishing fires, protecting life and property in the event of a fire or providing emergency medical assistance. The Order enacted by the Secretary of State under Section 19 of the 2004 Act forms part of the Fire and Rescue Services (England) Order 2004, SI 2004/2305 which came into force on 1st October 2004.  

The Tyne and Wear fire and Rescue Authority has decided not to charge for the emergency phase of a special service. It can however charge at its discretion for its services and equipment hire . 

A summary of the areas considered for charging are detailed below but due to the unpredictable nature of Special Services this list is not exhaustive: 

1.      RTC - Persons involved

2.      RTC – Persons not involved

3.      Removal of an object from a person
4.      Aircraft or airport incident – No fire or crash
5.      Railway or aircraft accident
6.      Industrial accidents
7.      Farming accidents
8.      Animal rescue
9.      Suicide or attempted suicide
10.    Effecting an entry into premises
11.    Making safe
12.    Chemical spills and leaks

13.    Chemical spills and leaks (No obvious responsible person / company)14.    First aid
15.    Provision of water

16.    Assistance to the Police, Ambulance and other rescue services

17.    Standby or precautionary action

18.    Recovery or retrieval of object/s

19.    Pre-arranged services to commercial organisations

20.    Removal of water

21.    Recovery or retrieval of object/s

22.    Pre-arranged services to commercial organisations

23.    Removal of water

  • Domestic
  • Commercial