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Strategies, Plans and Performance Information

In order to ensure we deliver the local and national priorities, the Purpose and Commitments are delivered through a number of key documents within the organisation.

This assists our employees to understand how they contribute, where they fit and what they must do to achieve our purpose and commitments and, ultimately, our vision. 

Our planning documents are interlinked and contain specific actions as to how we will achieve our targets.

Community Risk Management Planning (CRMP)

Community Risk Management Planning (CRMP) ensures that we understand the risks faced by our communities and that we are taking appropriate action to reduce and to deal with those risks. 


Annual plan

This Plan reports on what we have achieved and what we aim to achieve to meet our aims and objectives for the forthcoming year.

Previous reports are available on request

Medium Term Financial Plan

This Plan sets out our current level of resources available to our communities and aims to show you what we intend to do in the future.


Directorate Business Plans

Each of our Directorate Business Plans describes in more detail how departments are working to deliver our Corporate Plan.

Local attendance standards 

In June 2018 and following a public consultation, the Fire Authority agreed to: 

  • Set an attendance standard for the first fire engine with an ‘on-station’ response of 10 minutes 70% of the time
  • Set an attendance standard for the first fire engine with an ‘on-call’ response of 15 minutes 70% of the time 

These are reported quarterly and can be found in the quarterly performance reports below. 

National response times

The Home Office collates information on response times which is published here.

In comparison to all England, fire services classed as significantly rural and our neighbouring fire and rescue services our comparative figures are presented below. Please note ESFRS is classed as significantly rural.  


Average Response times to dwelling fires

Average response times to road vehicles

All England

7m 36 seconds

9m 27 seconds

Significantly rural fire services

8m 37 seconds

10m 36 seconds


8m 6 seconds

10m 11 seconds

Kent FRS

8m 47 seconds

10m 36 seconds

Surrey FRS

8m 54 seconds

10m 11 seconds

West Sussex FRS

8m 23 seconds

10m 18 seconds 


Quarterly Reports

Performance Outcomes Reports

Service Benchmarking Reports 

Incident data files

The files below contains information on all incidents since April 2013.

They are large Comma Separated Values (CSV) data files and you will need a program to be able to use them.

Microsoft Excel would be one choice but a number of other programs can also be used.

Information about using CSV files with Microsoft Excel can be found on the Microsoft Office help website.

Group Fire Data

Your Service – Our Performance

Changing the Service - Shaping our future

The “Changing the Service, shaping the future” program is part of our  Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) work. This is an on-going process to improve and transform our service.    

Marlie Farm significant findings report

Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive Des Prichard has made good the promise he made on December 5th 2006 and today, (Wednesday July 27th 2011), East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service publishes its Significant Findings Report.  

Operational Assessment & Fire Peer Challenge January 2014

In late January 2014, ESFRS hosted a visit by a Fire & Rescue fire peer challenge team, who were here at our invitation.     

Members of the team were knowledgeable about, and experienced in, fire and rescue services and were visiting as 'critical friends'.             

The aim of the peer review was to provide external challenge to the self-assessment produced by us against the Operational Assessment (OpA) Toolkit.

Lessons Learned

On 25 June 2015, a firefighter fell seriously ill while taking part in a training scenario wearing breathing apparatus at our Service Training Centre in Maresfield.

A joint investigation was carried out with the Fire Brigades Union.

Our “Lessons Learned” report sets out the key findings of this investigation.

Peer View

Public Consultation 2014 (Archived)


Latest Update :
24 June 2022
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