Fire Services Act 1947

The Fire Services Act 1947 was an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom that reorganised fire services in the United Kingdom. It disbanded the National Fire Service and returned the responsibility for running fire services to local authorities.

Fire Services Act 1947
Long titleAn Act to make further provision for fire services in Great Britain; to transfer fire-fighting functions from the National Fire Service to fire brigades maintained by the councils of counties and county boroughs; to provide for the combination of areas for fire service purposes; to make further provision for pensions and other awards in respect of persons employed in connection with the provision of fire services; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.
Citation1947 c. 41
(10 & 11. Geo. 6.)
Territorial extent
Royal assent31 July 1947
Other legislation
Amended byFire (Scotland) Act 2005
Scotland only
Repealed byFire and Rescue Services Act 2004
England and Wales only
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

General Arrangement of the ActEdit

ss. 1 to 3 Provision of fire services
ss. 4 to 12 Fire Authorities
ss.13 to 16 Supply of water for fire-fighting
ss.17 to 25 Administrative provisions
ss.26 to 28 Pensions etc.
ss.29 to 39 Miscellaneous and General
First to Sixth Schedules

Extent and RepealsEdit

While the original Act did not contain an "Extent" section, the Preamble and text addressed Great Britain (and parts thereof) only.

England and WalesEdit

The Fire Services Act 1947 was entirely repealed in England and Wales by the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, now the primary legislation for England and Wales.


The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 extended only to England and Wales, thus leaving the Fire Services Act 1947 in force in Scotland. Most of the 1947 Act was later repealed by the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, which left [1] ss. 26 to 27A (concerning the Firemen's Pension Scheme) still in force in Scotland.

Northern IrelandEdit

The Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Text of the amending legislation- Schedule 4 -Repeals; Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

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