Fire and Rescue Service
In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public
Safety is responsible for the development of policy and legislation and for monitoring of service delivery
for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
includes implementation of the reform and modernisation agenda emerging from the Bain
. This aspect of the Department’s work is the responsibility of
the Public Safety Unit (PSU), which is part of the Department’s Coordination Directorate.
An important aspect of public safety is emergency planning, another
of the Department’s public safety responsibilities. That is the responsibility of the Public
Health Policy Team
in the Health Development Directorate, who also cover Health Promotion,
Disease Prevention and Health Protection.
is also a bi-annual Fire
Safety Survey (PDF 170KB)
which provides statistical data about public awareness of fire safety
issues and fire safety campaigns undertaken by the Fire and Rescue Service. This is used to inform
the Department about the success of those campaigns and also to assist the Fire and Rescue Service in
developing and promoting future fire safety awareness campaigns.
methodology for financial
accountability of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is contained in the Management
Statement Financial Management (MSFM) (PDF 699KB)
agreed with the Department in November 2005.
The MSFM is currenly under review and a new version should be available on this web site in the
autumn of 2009.
Public Safety Unit responsibility includes:
- Drafting relevant Fire and Rescue Service legislation and any
resulting secondary legislation covering matters such as the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes and Fire
- Determining the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board’s
performance framework in the light of its wider strategic aims and current Public Service Agreement
objectives and targets
- Monitoring of Fire and Rescue Service policy documents and procedures.
- Agreement of the annual budget allocation for the Northern Ireland
Fire and Rescue Service.
- Accountability of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.
- Monitoring of business plans.
- Monitoring of service delivery targets.
- The laying of the annual report and audited accounts of the
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service before the Northern Ireland Assembly.
- Arranging independent inspections of the Northern Ireland Fire
and Rescue Service.
Public Safety Unit deals only with policy, legislation and monitoring in
relation to Fire and Rescue Services.
Other aspects of public safety are the responsibility of organisations
- The Environmental Health Department of your local Borough,
City or District or Council.
- Garden bonfires and bonfires generally
producing unpleasant smells, fumes or nuisance smoke are a matter for the Environmental Health Department
within the relevant local council. Any fire which is burning out of control and is a risk to life
or property should be reported to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service immediately using the
999 Emergency telephone number if necessary.
- Vermin (rats, mice wasps’ nests
Control is a matter for the Environmental Health Department within
the relevant local council.
- Safety matters relating to existing
buildings or construction sites
Are a matter for The Health and Safety Executive
and/or the Building Control Department at the relevant local council.
- Waste and waste disposal
This includes rubbish bins, litter, waste and garbage behind shops and in entries, waste
ground etc. This is a matter for the Environmental Health Department within the relevant local council.
- Maintenance and repair of Public
This is a matter for the Housing Executive.
Some useful web sites associated with fire and safety
generally are listed below.