Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Law for a Modern Fire and Rescue Service Officer

Two day course
The course will have practical role play and exercises.

How the course is assessed and accreditation
Delegates’ acquisition of knowledge will be formally assessed during the course and feedback will be given. A certificate will be given upon successful completion of the course.  This course offers CPD hours from the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Who Should attend?
Fire and Rescue Service Officers including International and National Common Law Jurisdictions* The course is designed for officers employed in fire and rescue organisations. The module is suitable for persons engaged in tactical or strategic fire and rescue management.

Entry Criteria
Delegates should be in, or aiming to fast-track to, a senior to strategic management role and should have a basic understanding of fire related law within their respective jurisdiction.

The learning on this course will support the development of delegates to perform a role within a senior or strategic fire and rescue service management team.

The aim of this course is to provide the knowledge and understanding of core fire and rescue law principles; including the common law, legislative and regulative disciplines, required to support the role of a senior or strategic fire and rescue manager and create a solid base for further learning.

Programme and topics will include:
The foundation of a common law jurisdiction and comparison with alternative international jurisprudence
Statute and Secondary legislation
Case Law
The Courts’ System
Giving Effective Evidence in Court
Operating within legal powers
Fire and Rescue Service Law Strategic legal thinking, planning and mitigating litigation risk


David C Stotesbury LLB (Lond) MA (Cantab). Barrister-at-Law; England and Wales

David Stotesbury in a specialist in fire law. Educated at London and Cambridge Universities. Called to the Bar by Gray's Inn. Civil pupilage in the chambers of George Carman Q.C. Criminal pupilage in the chambers of Daniel Hollis QC ; pupil master Sir David Calvert-Smith, later Director of Public Prosecutions, and now senior judge at the Old Bailey.

Prosecuted for the LFB. At one point acted as head of enforcement for both the LFB and the London Waste Regulation Authority. Successful prosecutions included defendants of the calibre of Fords, the Inn on the Park Hotel, the Gianni Versace flagship boutique in Bond Street, and London Underground.

David currently practices as an independent barrister with a range of fire service clients.  Represented Northamptonshire FB in the first appeal of the landmark case City Logistics which was won. Represented Mid and West Wales in the appeal of Edward Harris , which held that holiday homes fell within the FSO  ; and more recently David led in Hampshire Fire Service’s prosecution of the Co-operative Group , which attracted fines of £210,000.00 ; and the prosecution of Joseph Draper which attracted fines of over £140,000, which have been upheld by the Court of Appeal. Among the solicitors that have instructed David are Herbert Smith and Bond Pearce. He has also been approached by the R.A.F. about legal aspects of post crash management. David has been the legal adviser in 2 of the leading Determinations: Smoke Detection in Bedrooms in a Hotel ,and self closers on fire doors in a care home. His clients were successful in both Determinations.

On the coming into force of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, David settled the initial suite of documents for CFOA, on instructions from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Roy D J Carter LLB (Hons) PG Dip. Solicitor; England and Wales

Roy is currently a member of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Strategic Management Board in the role of Service Solicitor and advises across the wide spectrum of Service business, providing in-house counsel to heads of departments and to strategic managers. He practises generally in public administrative, intellectual property and employment law and has considerable experience in regulatory fire crime, fire investigation and trade union law. He is also contracted to provide legal support services to other fire and rescue authorities in England. In this regard, he supplies legal advice, assistance and training in regulatory fire safety enforcement and fire investigation law as well as general fire service and corporate associated legal issues.

Roy joined Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in the early part of 1987 and served as an operational firefighter for the majority of his early career before moving into technical fire safety duties and then embarking on his legal vocation in 2007. As a result, Roy fully understands the demands, operations and unique culture of a modern fire and rescue service.

Roy studied and trained at the College of Law, Bloomsbury London and undertook his vocational legal training on secondment to both public and private sector law departments and firms.  He has also been a course director and visiting lecturer at the Fire Service College as well as assisting with the Court room skills and Coroners Courts practical assessments for students undertaking Teesside University’s Foundation Degree in Fire Scene Investigation.

* Who should attend: United Kingdom, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Cyprus, Malta.   

To find out more about this course please contact or phone 01376 576549

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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
Kelvedon Park
London Road

Kathy Payne
Business Development Manager
Telephone 01376 576549
Mobile 07500096052

Ashleigh Boreham
Business Development Assistant
Telephone 01376 576183

EFA (Trading) Ltd
Registered in England & Wales - Company Number 05351436

Registered Address
Kelvedon Park
London Road

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