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Our Work

We provide prevention, protection and response services to 812,514 people within the area of East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove, covering an area of 179,000 hectares.

Approximately a third of the population that we serve is within the heavily urbanised City of Brighton & Hove. We work within a large and diverse area on the south coast of England, covering rural locations as well as a busy city centre and urban seaside towns.    

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What we do at a glance

Budget

By law East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service must produce a balanced budget. This means it cannot spend more than it receives. 

The Service is not alone in facing pressure on its budget primarily from inflation, pension costs, unfunded pay rises, future funding uncertainties, and the impacts of cost-of-living crisis.

As part of our annual budget setting process, draft savings proposals have been drawn up to address the potential identified funding gap. These proposals have been assessed against community risks, such as fire and flooding.

The proposals have now progressed through the Fire Authority's Policy and Resources Panel which met on 19 January 2023. At that meeting the Panel recommended that the Fire Authority approves an increase in Council Tax of £5 when it meets on 9 February 2023. 

The Senior Management team and Treasurer have proposed that a balance of reserves and alternative financial adjustments will be used to ensure a balance budget for next year.

If approved, the Service would then require additional savings to achieve a balanced budget in 2024/25, accepting that some proposals will be subject to public consultation and further development. 

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Prevention and Protection

We aim to prevent loss of life and injuries in our communities through the delivery of prevention and education programmes and protect our communities and the environment from fire and other risks. We work with local partners to run safety events and prevention campaigns and actively involve local communities wherever possible.

Response

We respond, along with our emergency service partners, to help people at a range of emergencies to save life, property and protect the environment. 

We also provide ‘humanitarian services’ including rescuing animals and protecting the environment.

Fires Outdoors

We continue to review our approach to preventing and responding to these incidents, working alongside the National Fire Chiefs Council and other organisations.

Assistance to other agencies

We are often called to provide assistance to other agencies, most commonly SECamb and Sussex Police.

This can be for a number of reasons, including assisting the movement of a patient from a property to an ambulance or gaining entry to a property when there is concern for the occupant. 

We do not release a great deal of information about these incidents as they often involve individuals whose privacy we wish to protect.   

Assistance to other agency Incidents, 2017-22

Incident Type

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Total

Assistance to other agencies

143

232

495

565

796

2231

Other assistance to police/ambulance/Other

91

114

164

185

226

780

Other assistance to police/ambulance

31

33

38

63

61

226

Civil Disturbance

4

1

2

2

0

9

Total

269

380

699

815

1083

3246


Responding to your emergency call

Whenever you call us in an emergency, your call comes into our Joint Fire Control, which then mobilises the nearest or most appropriate fire appliance, along with any other specialist vehicles/officers depending upon the problem.

Our response standards are as follows:  

  • The first arriving appliances at any incident from an 'On-Station response' within 10 minutes 70% of the time
  • The first arriving appliances at any incident from an 'On-Call response' within 15 minutes 70% of the time 
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