The legal training is designed to give practical guidance to fire and building control officers and to instill in them the confidence and ability to collect, write and if necessary, give effective evidence in legal proceedings. The course can be tailored according to the authority’s needs whether their officers are involved in fire investigations or have a regulatory role under the Building Control Acts.

I participated in the 3 day Fire Safety – Regulation and Prosecution – Essential Legal Skills course which I found to be very informative, relevant and beneficial for my work. The relevant issues were identified to all participants in a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment. Throughout the course the trainer was excellent and very capable of dealing with all arising issues. The course was successful at meeting and exceeding the pre-course expectations that I had. - Derek Whelan, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Kildare Fire Service

There are many acts and regulations that affect officers working in the area of fire safety. On completion of this module delegates will have a good working knowledge of:

  • Fire services Act 1981 and 2003
  • Licensing
  • Building Control Act 1990 and 2007
  • Multi Unit Development Act 2011
  • Dangerous Substances Act 1972 and Regulations
  • Part XVI Planning and Development Act and SI 264 of 2015
  • Explanations as to what each piece of legislation deals with powers, prosecutions, offences and penalties
  • Various notices the Fire Authority may serve

On completion of this module, delegates will be able to:

  • Create and maintain best practice standards in record keeping and note taking
  • Distinguish between facts, inferences and opinions
  • Understand the difference between notes, statements and reports
  • Write reports that identify and deal with relevant issues and facts
  • Instruct the solicitor

On completion of this module, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand trial procedure
  • Consider the process of giving evidence and how best to prepare
  • Appreciate the differences between examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination
  • Consider the techniques used by lawyers in cross-examination
  • Analyse how to handle cross-examination, in particular getting across the whole truth
  • Experience cross-examination in the witness box, and receive feedback based on assessment criteria, covering content, structure and presentation

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