Portsmouth Law School

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services

What type of work is carried out by our students working with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service?

Every business premise has to comply with fire regulations as set down in the Fire Safety Order 2005. The fire brigade is responsible for ensuring businesses comply with the order. HF&R have a number of Inspectors who visit businesses and check to ensure that their premises are compliant with the order. If the Inspectors identify deficiencies or non-compliance, then there are a range of powers available to HF&R, which depending upon the seriousness of the non-compliance can include; offering advice and guidance, the serving of notices and in some cases, prosecution in the criminal courts.

UoP students working with the team at HF&R contribute to the investigation and prosecution of cases by assisting with examination of the recommendations of Inspectors, considering whether and which offences have occurred, issuing letters and collating information. The team then decide whether there are any serious breaches and whether there is a case to prosecute. If they are to prosecute the students will help with the preparation of the prosecution file including collating and presenting evidence. The cases to be prosecuted go to either the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court depending upon the seriousness of the offence.

If you would like to know more about the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 you can visit www.legislation.gov.uk

If you would like to know more about the work of fire safety inspectors and the enforcement options available, you can visit https://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/keeping-safe/atwork/comply-with-fire-safety-law/fire-safety-law-breaches/