ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1 Short title
3 Establishment of the Brigade
4 Constitution of divisions of Brigade
5 Functions of the Brigade
6 Special arrangements
7 Composition of the Brigade
8 Responsibility and functions of the Board
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
18 [Repealed by Act 9 of 1990 s 3.]
19 [Repealed by Act 9 of 1990 s 3.]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
24 Vesting of assets and transfer of liabilities
26 Transitional provision
THE FIRE BRIGADE ACT
[Date of Commencement: 18th October, 1988]
2 of 1988,
9 of 1990,
6 of 1992,
6 of 2008.
This Act may be cited as the Fire Brigade Act.
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.
There is hereby established in and for Jamaica a fire service to be called the Jamaica Fire 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.]
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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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