The Fire Services Act 2004 requires promotion of fire safety (known as community safety), in addition to provision for fire fighting purposes.
In Suffolk this type of community safety is just one part of a wider strategy, which also includes attendance at road traffic collisions.
The Act also provides express powers to respond to other emergencies. An emergency incident other than a fire is known as a special service.
There are some special services which are chargeable.
Emergency non-chargeable special services
Examples where there is an immediate threat to life or injury include:
- attendance at road traffic collisions
- freeing trapped people or animals
- effecting entry to tackle a fire or save a life
Chargeable special services
Examples of services undertaken by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service but which could be performed by other agencies include:
- if you or anyone else is stuck in a lift
- if you are locked out of your car or premises/property
- effecting entry (no life or fire risk)
- attendance at chemical/hazardous material incident on private property (other than domestic properties) if there is no life risk
Further details of our charges can be found on the Scale of Charges (PDF, 21KB).