Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 261 (Oct)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Butterfield J

Representation James Goudie QC and Peter Wallington (instructed by Browne Jacobson LLP, Nottingham) for the authorities.
  Jason Galbraith-Marten (instructed by Thompsons) for the employees.
Judgment Dates: 23 October 2006


Fire brigade - Fireman - Duties - Co-responding duties - Whether firefighters contractually bound to perform co-responding duties.

The Case

On its true construction, the employee firefighters' contracts did not require them to undertake what were known as co-responding duties; those being activities which related to situations where an emergency call was received by the ambulance service where there was a life-threatening situation, and it appeared that a fire crew could reach the scene before an ambulance crew. In such circumstances in applicable areas the fire and rescue services might be called upon to attend the scene until an ambulance could arrive and to provide what assistance and treatment they could.

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