UK Fire Safety News

Devon And Somerset Fire And Rescue Service Facing 24% Budget Cuts

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is facing a 24 per cent cut in the funding that it receives from Central Government.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is facing budget cuts of 24 per cent, following the the confirmation of the Local Government Settlement by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Local Government Settlement outlines figures detailing how the central grant will be allocated to metropolitan and combined authorities in England.

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No-Smoking Policies - Request for Enforcement

Hotel owner John Humberstone has called for the introduction of fresh legislation to ensure no-smoking policies are more rigorously enforced, the BBC reports. The hotelier claims that a fire, which badly damaged the Alexandra Hotel in Llandudno, Conwy, was started by a guest smoking in a room.

The subsequent blaze resulted in part of the Grade II listed building's roof being lost. A number of ceilings fell down and lower floors also suffered water damage due to the incident. And Mr Humberstone believes that the difficulty of enforcing the hotel's no-smoking policy was partly to blame for the blaze, arguing that stricter measures are needed to reduce the risk of similar events occurring in the future.

In a bid to remove potential fire hazards, commercial buildings and non-domestic premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.