The Fire and Rescue Services (Emergencies) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Document Number:2011 No. 360
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 04//7
 
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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

Fire And Rescue Services

Made

12 October 2011

Coming into operation

1 January 2012

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety makes the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 7(1) and (2) of the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006(1) , after consulting in accordance with Article 7(3) of that Order with the Board and with such other persons as it considers appropriate.

Citation and commencement

  1. This Order may be cited as the Fire and Rescue Services (Emergencies) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and shall come into operation on 1 January 2012.

    Interpretation

  2. —(1) In this Order—

    “chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident” means an event or situation involving the release or potential release of chemical, biological or radio-active contaminants;

    “emergency” means an event or situation that causes or is likely to cause—

    a person to die, be seriously injured or become seriously ill, or

    serious harm to the environment (including the life and health of plants and animals and the fabric of buildings);

    “serious transport incident” means an event or situation involving a train, tram, ship at berth or aircraft that causes or is likely to cause a person to die, be seriously injured or become seriously ill; and

    “serious flooding” means flooding that causes or is likely to cause a person to die, be seriously injured or become seriously ill and which results from —

    natural causes; or

    an escape of water.

    (2) Any reference in this Order to protecting a person from serious harm shall be construed as a reference to protecting individuals from death, serious injury or serious illness.

    Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents

  3. For the purpose of enabling action to be taken in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident, the Board shall–

    (a) make provision for removing chemical, biological or radio-active contaminants from a person and capturing any water used to remove such contaminants; and

    (b) make arrangements for ensuring that reasonable steps are taken to prevent or limit serious harm to the environment resulting from action taken for the purpose of paragraph (a).

    Search and rescue

  4. —(1) The Board shall make provision for the purpose of rescuing people who may be trapped and protecting them from serious harm in the event of—

    (a) a landslide;

    (b) the collapse of a building, tunnel or other structure; or

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