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20-07-20

NFCC welcome Home Office consultation on the Fire Safety Order

National Fire Chiefs Council Chair Roy Wilsher has welcomed proposals released from the Home Office today on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The consultation, which will run for 12 weeks, includes proposals for the implementation of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations.

“This consultation marks significant progress” Mr Wilsher noted. To complement the consultation, NFCC will be undertaking a series of workshops and engagement with fire and rescue services and Chief Fire Officers to collect the views of the sector.

“It is critical that we take this opportunity to learn the lessons from Grenfell”, Chair of NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety Committee Mark Hardingham stated. He aadded: “We welcome the approach that has been laid out by the Home Office, in some cases going further than the GTI recommendations.

“We will be taking time over the next 12 weeks to examine these, engage in the process, and work with the Government to finetune these proposals. We want to ensure the spirit and intent of the GTI recommendations can be met while still ensuring any changes to the law are practical and able to be implemented effectively to deliver the improvements we all want to see.”

On the wider uplift to the regulatory framework, Mr Hardingham noted some concerns remain “We are still unclear about how the building safety legislation will interact with the Fire Safety Order in mixed-use buildings” Mr Hardingham added, stating “It is our concern that the introduction of a third regime which will only apply to some parts of these buildings will not resolve the confusing overlap of the two existing pieces of legislation.” 

NFCC would like to see the publication of the secondary legislation for the Building Safety Bill in draft form as soon as possible so that we can understand how the proposed new roles will operate in practice with the Fire Safety Order, to ensure safety can be managed holistically in all parts of the building. For new builds going forwards, we think the legislation could set out a more holistic framework for managing access and ownership responsibilities in mixed-use buildings.

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Proposals issued this week by Government include:

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