1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of the Brigade

   4   Constitution of divisions of Brigade

   5   Functions of the Brigade

      Establishment of Fire Brigade Board

   6   Special arrangements

   7   Composition of the Brigade

   8   Responsibility and functions of the Board

      Appointment of Brigade members and Board staff

   8B   Pensions, gratuities and other retiring benefits

   8C   Annual operational reports

   8D   Power to give policy directions

   8E   Funds of the Board

   8F   Accounts and Audit

   9   Notification of fire or other disaster

   10   Powers of officer in charge at scene of fire or other disaster

   11   Right. of entry

   12   Powers and immunities

   13   Duty of Police

   14   Utilization of services of members of Jamaica Defence Force

   15   Damage done by the Brigade

   16   Regulation

   17   Offences

   18   [Repealed by Act 9 of 1990 s 3.]

   19   [Repealed by Act 9 of 1990 s 3.]

   20   Use of water supply

   21   Gratuity to volunteers

   22   Entry and inspection of specified building

   23   Appeals

   24   Vesting of assets and transfer of liabilities

   25   Savings

   26   Transitional provision




[Date of Commencement: 18th October, 1988]

2 of 1988,
9 of 1990,
6 of 1992,
6 of 2008.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Fire Brigade Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "the Board" means the Fire Brigade Board established under section 5A:

[6/1992 s 2.]

   "the Brigade" means the Jamaica Fire Brigade established under section 3;

   "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Board:

[6/1992 s 2.]

   "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Brigade appointed under section 8;

   "fire equipment" includes all equipment, tools, implements, appliances and apparatus used in the service of the Brigade;

   "functions" includes powers and duties;

[6/1992 s 2.]

   "officer in charge" means the officer for the time being in charge at a fire station or at the scene of a fire or other disaster;

   "other disaster" includes earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, windstorms, the escape of dangerous fumes or fluids, explosions, oil spills and other dangerous pollutants of the air and sea;

   "specified building" means any public building, office building, factory, warehouse, any building in which workers are employed, any building in which hazardous substance or material is stored, manufactured or processed, any building of more than one floor level constructed or intended for occupation by more than one family, and any place of entertainment or building to which the public has access whether on payment of a fee or otherwise.

3   Establishment of the Brigade

   There is hereby established in and for Jamaica a fire service to be called the Jamaica Fire Brigade.

4   Constitution of divisions Brigade

   The Brigade may be comprised of one or more divisions as the Board, with the approval of the Minister, may determine by notice published in the Gazette.

[6/1992 s 2.]

5   Functions of the Brigade

   (1) It shall be the duty of the Brigade to protect life and property in the case of fire or other disaster and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, such duty shall include-

   (a)   extinguishing fires;

   (b)   protecting life and property endangered by fire or other disaster,

   (c)   obtaining information with regard to potential risks from fire or other disaster;

   (d)   inspecting specified buildings to ensure that reasonable steps are taken for the prevention of fire and for protection against the dangers of fire or other disaster;

   (e)   making arrangements for ensuring that reasonable steps are taken to prevent or mitigate loss or injury arising from fire or other disaster.

   (2) The Minister may, by order, require the Fire Brigade to undertake other functions for the purpose of preventing or mitigating risks of danger to life and property.

5A   Establishment of Fire Brigade Board

   (1) For the purposes of this Act, there is hereby established a body to be called the Fire Brigade Board which shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, be responsible under the general authority of the Minister for the command, discipline and administration of the Brigade.

[6/1992 s 4.]

   (2) The provisions of the Schedule shall have effect with respect to the constitution and procedure of the Board and otherwise in relation thereto.

6   Special arrangement

   (1) The Board with the approval of the Minister shall have power to make arrangements for assistance to the Brigade in the case of fire or other disaster occurring, and for this purpose may enter into agreements with persons who maintain fire services or other emergency services for the protection of life and property.

[6/1992 s 5.]

   (2) Any person engaged pursuant to subsection (1) shall, on the occasion of a fire or other disaster, be under the command of the officer in charge at the scene of the fire or other disaster.

7   Composition of the Brigade

   (1) The Brigade shall consist of-

   (a)   a Commissioner who, subject to the general order and direction of the Board, shall have the sole operational command and superintendence of the Brigade;

   (b)   such number of Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners, Superintendents, Senior Deputy Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Senior Assistant Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Chief Officers, Captains, Assistant Chief Officers, District Officers, subordinate officers and firemen as the Board may determine.

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