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Strategies, Plans and Performance Information

In order to ensure we deliver the local and national priorities, the aims and objectives 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 the aims, objectives and, ultimately, our vision. Our planning documents are interlinked and contain specific actions as to how we will achieve our targets.

In June 2018, East Sussex Fire Authority agreed a new set of attendance standards as follows:

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

Read more about this decision.

Attendance standards are one way in which the Fire Authority monitors and measures the performance of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. They help explain how long it could take the Service to respond emergencies.

Community Risk Analysis

Making our communities safer

We help keep our communities safe by ensuring that all potential and foreseeable risks are considered and that our planning, policy and decision making is driven by risk. 

Medium Term 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.

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.

Directorate Business Plans & Strategies

Each of our Directorate Business Plans describes in more detail how departments are working to deliver our Corporate Plan. Our strategies can be found in our Fire Authority Constitution.

Group and Station Plans

At Group and Station level, translating the aims and objectives into a clear and concise programme of activities based on local need.  

IT Strategy

Monthly Performance 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.

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 :
19 March 2019
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