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30 1981

FIRE SERVICES ACT, 1981

PART IV

Finance and Administration

Grants to fire authorities.

32. —The Minister, with the concurrence of the Minister for Finance, may pay annual or other contributions to fire authorities towards the expenditure incurred by them in the provision of a fire service.

Grants for research.

33. —The Minister, with the concurrence of the Minister for Finance, may contribute to the funds of any person or body engaged in or preparing to engage in research related to fire-fighting or fire safety.

Reports and statistics.

34. —It shall be the duty of every fire authority to furnish to the Minister such reports and statistics on fires occurring in its functional area and on fire safety inspections and related activities as he may require.

Expenses of fire authorities.

35. —(1) The expenses of the council of the county of Dublin as a fire authority shall be charged on the county exclusive of the borough of Dun Laoghaire.

(2) The expenses, as a fire authority, of the council of any other county in which there is a borough or urban district, the corporation or council of which is for the time being a fire authority, shall be charged on the county exclusive of any such borough or urban district.

(3) A fire authority shall be entitled to charge users or beneficiaries of a fire service for services which it provides.

Immunity of Minister, fire authorities and sanitary authorities.

36. —No action or other proceeding shall lie or be maintainable against the Minister, or against a fire authority or a sanitary authority or any officer or servant of, or person engaged by, any such authority for the recovery of damages in respect of injury to persons or property alleged to have been caused or contributed to by the failure to comply with any functions conferred by this Act.

Fire safety regulations.

37. —(1) The Minister may make regulations providing for the precautions to be taken in premises to which section 18 applies for the protection of persons and property against risk by fire.

(2) The regulations may apply to any particular use of premises or of any specified class of premises.

(3) The regulations may, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing subsections, specify requirements with regard to any or all of the following matters—

(a) the provision and maintenance of exit signs, emergency lighting and notices as to the procedure to be followed in the event of fire;

(b) the provision, maintenance and keeping free from obstruction of means of escape in case of fire;

(c) the provision and maintenance of means for securing that any means of escape can be safely and effectively used at all material times;

(d) the provision and maintenance of means for the prevention and extinguishing of fires and means for detection and giving warning in case of fire;

(e) the holding of fire safety evacuation drills at specified intervals and the keeping of records of such drills;

(f) the internal construction of premises and the materials used in that construction;

(g) prohibiting altogether the presence or use in the premises of furniture, furnishings or equipment of any specified description, or articles or materials of a flammable nature, or prohibiting their presence or use unless specified standards or conditions are complied with;

(h) the installation, maintenance and use of power supply, lighting, heating and ventilating systems;

(i) securing that persons employed to work in the premises receive appropriate instruction and training in what to do in case of fire;

(j) the maximum number of persons who may be in the premises or any part thereof at any one time;

(k) securing that, in specified circumstances, specified numbers of attendants are stationed in specified parts of the premises;

(l) the keeping of records of instruction or training given, or things done, in pursuance of the regulations, and

(m) the provision of adequate means of access for fire appliances and equipment.

(4) Nothing in regulations under this section shall derogate from the functions of a fire authority under this Act or from a duty imposed on any person under subsection (2) or (3) of section 18 .

Service of notices.

38. —(1) Any notice required to be given or served under this Act shall be addressed to the person concerned and given or served in one of the following ways—

(a) by addressing it to him by name and delivering it to him,

(b) by leaving it at the address at which he ordinarily resides,

(c) by sending it by post in a prepaid registered letter addressed to him at the address at which he ordinarily resides,

(d) where the address at which he ordinarily resides cannot be ascertained by reasonable inquiry and the notice is required to be given in respect of any premises, by delivering it to a person over 16 years of age resident or employed on the premises or by affixing it in a conspicuous position on or near the premises.

(2) Where the name of the occupier cannot be ascertained by reasonable inquiry a notice under this section may be addressed to “the occupier”.

(3) For the purpose of this section a company registered under the Companies Act, 1963 , shall be deemed to be ordinarily resident at its registered office, and every other body corporate and every unincorporated body shall be deemed to be ordinarily resident at its principal office or place of business.