The East Sussex Fire Authority was created on 1st April 1997, as a result of local government reorganisation. It has a statutory duty to provide a Fire & Rescue Service for the whole of East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove, covering an area of 179,000 hectares and with a population of approximately 760,000.
East Sussex Fire Authority has significant statutory responsibilities laid down in the Fire & Rescue Service Act 2004 and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Other legislation requires organisations to consult the Fire Authority on issues of public safety. The latest additional responsibility has arisen with the Community Safety (Crime and Disorder) Act 1998, that requires the Fire Service to play its part in reducing crime and the fear of crime.
The primary duties of the Fire Authority are: