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Fire services

The main objective of the fire and building control section is to provide for the safety of persons and buildings both new and existing by way of fire prevention and also by operational response in the case of fire or accident.

The fire and building control authority carry out its functions under three main headings:

Fire prevention

This is a monitoring and regulatory role for the council relating to inspections, recommendations and actions in respect of existing and proposed buildings.

The role is carried out through its input into the planning function, processing Fire Safety Certificates under Building Control Act and associated regulations and inspection of existing buildings under the Fire Services Acts 1981 & 2003 and the Licensing Acts.

The council as fire authority also have a role in relation to the inspection and licensing of retail petroleum stations and bulk petrol distribution stores under the Dangerous Substance Act, 1972. Secondly the council also has a role in relation to the monitoring of volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.'s) emissions at petrol stations under the Air Pollution Act (Petroleum Vapour Emissions) Regulations 1997.

Operational service

This relates to the fire authority responding quickly and efficiently to fires and other emergencies throughout the county. This response consists of a pre-determined turnout of appliances and equipment based on the nature, magnitude and severity of the incident. Turnout involves the mobilisation of the fire-fighting crews and the appropriate fire appliances.

Clare County Council adopted the Fire and Emergency Operations Plan 2014 - 2019 on the 14th April 2014.

The purpose of this plan is to fulfil Clare County Council’s statutory obligation as a Fire Authority as outlined in Section 26 of the Fire Services Acts, 1981 & 2003. This plan details current arrangements within the Fire Authority, but it also sets out strategic plans and targets for the Fire Authority for the next 5 years.

Building control

This relates to the processing and reception of commencement notices and maintaining a register of these in compliance with the building control regulations. This section also inspects up to 15% of new works to monitor for compliance with all the requirements of the building regulations.

For further information contact:

Fire and Building Control Department
Clare County Council
New Road
Ennis
Co. Clare.
Telephone: (065) 6846302
Email: fireoff@clarecoco.ie

If you wish to visit the department in person the office hours are 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 18/02/16