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Bedfordshire Fire Service
17 May 2017

The Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority agreed on 19th October that Firefighters will not attend AFAs during working hours from premises that do not provide sleeping accommodation.

Under the proposed policy BFRS will continue to respond to all AFAs that occur out of normal working hours (generally 1700-0900 hours). However during normal working hours they would expect that whilst a property is occupied by employees any automatic alarm will need to be followed up by a call from the location, a call from a passer-by or from another emergency service to verify it is a real emergency.

This means that during working hours they will not attend AFA’s from:

  • offices,
  • shops,
  • factories,
  • schools,
  • local authority buildings

 -unless someone from the affected location calls Fire Control to confirm there is an incident, such as a fire, at the premises

The new policy will not affect AFAs from domestic dwellings (e.g. houses, flats etc), those premises where people sleep (such as residential care homes, hospitals, hotels or boarding schools), and heritage sites (such as listed buildings).

This Policy is due to start 1st April 2017.

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