High Speed Driving

Norma Barrow made this Freedom of Information request to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service,

Can you advise how many drivers you have that are permitted to use Blue Light warning devices fitted to a vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.

Can you advise at what level these Drivers are trained to? (Eg is it an internal award or recognized by an external awarding body) What is the total contact time duration of this course.

Are these courses compliant with Section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006.

Has there been an impact assessment on the introduction of Section 19 conducted in the last 3 years, if please provide the report.

If section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006 was to be enacted what, if any, impact would it have on the service.

Yours faithfully,

Norma Barrow

Information Management, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Good Morning,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-349316-B1V0S4

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Information Management, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Norma Barrow,

 

Please find below responses to your enquiries.

Can you advise how many drivers you have that are permitted to use Blue
Light warning devices fitted to a vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.

We have approximately 400 staff who have the authority to use Blue Light
warning devices fitted to a vehicle whilst in motion.

 

Can you advise at what level these Drivers are trained to? (Eg is it an
internal award or recognized by an external awarding body) What is the
total contact time duration of this course.

The qualification is an internal award, There is no external awarding body
for the Fire Service that the Department for Transport (DfT) will
recognise at this moment in time, but negotiations are currently ongoing
with Skills for Justice.

 

Both IAM and Rospa have visited and found our quality of training
sufficient to award those who complete invitation to join their
organisation’s membership.

 

Are these courses compliant with Section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006.

The courses are run to the standards set by the Joint Emergency Services
High Speed Driving code of practice 2008. The standards are recorded using
Nationally recognised competency records ratified by National Fire Chiefs
Council (NFCC) Driver Training Advisory Group (DTAG) Negotiations between
the NFCC DTAG and police/ambulance equivalents with the DfT are ongoing
and NFRS will adapt to meet those standards if changes are required, Until
the political process to ratify the Road Safety Act is complete this
question cannot be fully answered.

 

Has there been an impact assessment on the introduction of Section 19
conducted in the last 3 years, if please provide the report.

Until the political process to ratify the Road Safety Act is complete this
question cannot be fully answered as an impact assessment first needs to
know what the full standards are to be. Negotiations between DTAG`s and
DfT are still ongoing in relation to minimum course durations etc.

 

If section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006 was to be enacted what, if any,
impact would it have on the service.

Until the political process to ratify the Road Safety Act is complete this
question cannot be fully answered as impact can only be realised when the
full agreement on the standards is completed, Negotiations between DTAG`s
and DfT are still ongoing.

 

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