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National Fire Service

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 17 March 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether he can give an assurance that, in the event of a fire occurring oh industrial premises in which an industrial fire brigade is maintained and in action, the control of operations will not be taken out of the hands of the officer in charge by any member of the National Fire Service of equal or lower rank?

No, Sir. The National Fire Service are charged, by law, with the duty of extinguishing fires and protecting life and property, and the senior officer of the National Fire Service, whatever his rank, would, in the normal course, take over control on his arrival at the fire.