The population of East Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove, just like the rest of the UK is going through some major changes.
Our communities are becoming more diverse and our population is set to continue to grow. Levels of poverty and health inequality continue to be persistently high and quality employment opportunities are sparse and house prices high in the South East.
This all means that there is greater pressure on the public purse and local services at a time when public sector budgets and finance is being squeezed.
Despite these challenges, we are, as a local emergency service determined to continue our key work on assessing and reducing risk through prevention, regulatory business safety work and ensuring we have the right resources available to respond when people need us and to work with other agencies and partners to ensure our services are efficient as well as effective.