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Additional Information - Powers, Duties and Responsibilities

The following Sections of the CFA Act provide the principal sources of direction as to the powers, duties and responsibilities of CFA and its personnel.

Section Summary of Power, Duty or Responsibility
14 Control of the prevention and suppression of fires
20 General duty of the Authority
20AA General powers of the Authority
20A Attendances unconnected with fire
27 Chief Officer to have control of all brigades
28 Powers and duties of Chief Officer
29 General powers and duties of Chief Officer
30 and 33(2) Powers of officers at fires
35 Authority to inform the Health Department on certain matters
36 Authority may require municipalities to provide hydrants
44 Duties of officers as to inspection, etc.
44A Power of Chief Officer to close roads
48 Power of Chief Officer to direct extinguishment
97 Authority as a protection agency
97A Authority may provide rescue and extrication services
97B Authority may provide road accident and rescue service
97C Authority may provide protection service
98 Power to investigate fires

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In addition, the Act sets out a number of powers that can be exercised by CFA that relate to fire prevention which apply to the community. These include:

Section Summary of subject matter
4 Declaration of the fire danger period
37 General prohibition against lighting fires in the open
40 Declaration of total fire bans
41 Issuing of Fire prevention notices
41F Issuing notices by the Chief Officer

It should be noted that some of the duties and responsibilities placed upon CFA and its personnel derive from other statutes, such as:

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