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 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:
- National and Regional partnerships (Chief Fire Officers’ Association)
- Regional Fire & Rescue Partnership
- SEFIP Board (South East Fire Improvement Partnership)
- Local Authority Partnerships
- Local Strategic Partnerships
- Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships
- Joint or shared services
- Joint commissioning and procurement/ supply partners
- Other Informed Partnerships Arrangements.
Overview of Partnership Working Arrangements
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.
Local Strategic Partnerships
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:
- Lewes District Council
- Eastbourne Borough Council
- Wealden District Council
- Rother District Council and
- Hastings Borough Council.
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.
Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs)
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.
Safer Communities Partnership
The Safer Communities Partnership's main aim is to reduce crime through working in partnership. The main focus is to reduce crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and hate crime, reoffending and substance misuse.
The Partnership is supported by the Safer East Sussex Team, made up of staff from Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, National Probation Service and East Sussex County Council.
Health and Wellbeing Visits Project
The Health and Wellbeing Visits Project covers the whole of East Sussex and Brighton and Hove and the project will arrange for older people to be visited in their own homes (up to three visits may be arranged) for a conversation with the client about their health and wellbeing needs and priorities. Basic information and advice will be offered together with the offer of a referral to an appropriate source of help.
The aim is to reduce health inequalities for vulnerable older people in deprived neighbourhoods.
Latest Update : 19 October 2017