East Sussex Fire Authority embraces the opportunity and challenge to deliver a diverse range of community services through partnership arrangements with public, private and voluntary sectors.
The Partnership Strategy [pdf, 183K, opens in new tab] details the Fire Authority’s commitment to its vision and strategic aims, including the promotion of local community safety and sustainability that embraces the objectives of the Localism Act, as well as delivering quality and value for money services through appropriate partnerships.
East Sussex Fire Authority is involved in a range of partnerships, as detailed in the Partnership Strategy:
Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) bring together local councils, other public sector agencies, the business sector, and the third sector – voluntary and community organisations.
They are non-statutory partnerships, established over the past decade in each local authority area in England.
The Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) represents ESFA on the East Sussex Strategic Partnership (ESSP), which is the countywide Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), representing over 90 organisations across East Sussex.
It works alongside the 5 district and borough LSPs, and each one co-ordinates community planning in their own area, with Borough Commanders representing ESFA – they are:
More details about the LSPs are available from the district and borough council websites.
In addition, the Borough Commander (City) represents ESFA on the LSP for Brighton & Hove City Council, more details can be found on their website.
Responsible authorities have a statutory duty to work with other local agencies and organisations to develop and implement strategies to tackle crime and disorder, including anti-social behaviour, adversely affecting the local environment as well as the misuse of drugs in their area.
These statutory partnerships are known as CDRPs and the responsible authorities are – police authorities; local authorities; fire and rescue authorities; primary care trusts and the probation service.
The Borough Commanders represent ESFA on the 5 CDRPs in East Sussex and that for Brighton & Hove City Council.
A corporate Partnership Focus Team, chaired by the Deputy Chief Fire Officer, monitors the progress of, and identifies new opportunities for, partnership working.
This not only ensures continued corporate direction and leadership but also secures the delivery of value for money through sustained improvements in community safety.