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Public consultation on draft Fire and Rescue Service proposals 2015-16
13th June 2014

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is seeking your views on a series of draft proposals which will change the way we currently work. The aim is to provide an even better service to the communities we serve, but to do so while working within a reduced budget.

The number of emergency calls the Service receives has fallen, and the types of incident we respond to has changed. We need to adapt our Service to reflect this and to ensure we can continue to drive down the number of incidents we are called to by working with communities to prevent emergencies from occurring.

Emergency response: Our proposals will not affect how we respond to emergencies and we will still meet the emergency response standards we have previously agreed with you.

Fire stations: All our fire stations will remain open.

Prevention: We will increase the prevention work we do, working closely with communities, partners and with those most at risk.

Staff: Our proposals include changes to the way we crew fire engines, new shift patterns and a reduction in the overall number of staff, including firefighters. A new crewing optimisation team will be developed to improve crewing resilience and to support community safety work.

Fire engines: We will keep the same number of immediate response fire engines. One immediate response engine will move from a temporary location to a new long-term location to improve our overall performance based on risk and operational demand. Some second fire engines, and one third engine, will be removed with crews using other specialist vehicles at these stations to attend incidents if required.

Severe weather: We want to invest in specialist equipment and training to support communities during severe weather and widespread flooding.

Budget: The combined proposals, if approved, will achieve our budget reduction target of £1.6m.

Our consultation is running from 2 June until 23 August 2014. The consultation document, plus all the supporting information, can be downloaded from our website www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire  or printed copies can be sent on request.  Copies will also available in all libraries, and sent to all District and Borough Council offices.

You can give your feedback via an online questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.com/s/FFR2015 

 

Alternatively, your views can be submitted:

 

Via email

futurefirerescue@westsussex.gov.uk

 

By telephone

WSFRS Major Projects Group 01243 753706

 

In writing

Have Your Say

Future Fire Rescue

Freepost RSBK-CHTU-KGGG

West Sussex County Council

Chichester

PO19 1RQ

Thank you in anticipation if you are able to take part in this consultation and give us your views. All the feedback received will considered by West Sussex County Council before a final decision is taken in September 2015.

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