National Fire and Emergency Service Order, 1975
Kings Order in Council 14 of 1975
- Assented to on 5 May 1975
- Commenced on 1 May 1976
- [This is the version of this document at 1 December 1998.]
1. Short titleThis King’s Order-in-Council may be cited as The National Fire and Emergency Service Order, 1975.
2. InterpretationIn this Order, unless the context otherwise requires—“Minister” means the Minister for Home Affairs;“officer” means any officer serving as an officer in the Service in terms of section 5;“Service” means the National Fire and Emergency Service established as a department of the Ministry of Home Affairs in terms of section 3.
3. Establishment of a National Fire and Emergency Service
4. Duty of the Service
5. Personnel of the Service
6. Discipline of the members of the ServiceThe Minister may make regulations with regard to the discipline to apply to officers of the Service not inconsistent with the Civil Service Order, No. 16 of 1973:Provided that the Minister may delegate to the chief fire officer the power to make rules relating to such discipline, including the right in the case of any contravention of any such rule to impose a punishment of reduction in rank, a fine, or reprimand, subject, however, to the Minister’s approval of such punishment.
7. The powers of officers in the Service
8. Duty of police to assistAny police officer shall, when called upon to do by the officer in charge of a unit of the Service, assist in the maintenance of order, the controlling of crowds, the closing of streets or roads, the forcible evacuation of any person or animal, the forcible removal of any person, animal or vehicle interfering with or obstructing or likely to interfere or obstruct the operations of a fire brigade.
9. The use of water and water supplies
10. Fire insurance policy to cover charges and damagesThe charges and expenses payable by any person to or on behalf of the Service in connection with the operation of a unit of the Service and all damages done by such unit or the police in the execution of their duties and the exercise of their powers under this Order shall be deemed to be a loss or damage by fire within the meaning of any policy of insurance against fire relating to the property concerned, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in such policy:Provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed as compelling an insurer to pay a sum in excess of the total amount for which the property has been insured.
11. Indemnification of the Government, Service and policeThe Government, the Service or any of its officers, and any police officer who has acted under this Order are hereby indemnified against, and exempted from, all legal proceedings whatsoever (whether criminal or civil) on account of anything done by any officer or police officer in the execution of his duties and the exercising of his powers under this Order.
12. Additional duties and powers of Service
13. Arrangements with the Board of the Post Office Special FundThe Service shall in conjunction with the Board of the Post Office Special Fund take the necessary steps to provide for the telephonic transmission of emergency messages to the Service or any fire service control or fire service station falling under its authority, and such matters that are incidental thereto.
14. OffencesAny person who wilfully obstructs or interferes with an officer or a police officer engaged in operations of fire fighting or any other emergency purpose or refuses, obstructs or prevents the inspection of any premises for the purpose of section 12(1) shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of one thousand emalangeni or imprisonment for twelve months, or both.
15. RegulationsThe Minister may make regulations for the better administration of this Order, and for the attainment of the objects of this Order, and without affecting the generality of the aforegoing he may prescribe—
History of this document
01 December 1998 this version
01 May 1976
05 May 1975