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Corporate Plan 2018-2019


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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.

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John Barnes - Chairman of East Sussex Fire Authority
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Dawn Whittaker - Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive

The Plan

Click on the subjects below to read about the various elements of our 2108-2019 plan. You will also find links to other areas of the website for further reading.

  Or you can read our plan on a page.

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About East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

We provide our services to approximately 840,000 people across East Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove. 

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Brighton and Hove

  • Brighton and Hove is a diverse and dynamic city that attracts a rich mix of people and communities.
  • Its seaside location near London makes it an attractive destination to more than 11 million visitors each year. 
  • Many areas of the city are prosperous but some parts are amongst the most deprived ten percent in the country.
  • It has the highest percentage of overcrowded households outside London and there are high numbers of flats across the coast.


East Sussex 

  • The county of East Sussex has five districts, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother and Wealden. It is mainly rural, with the most dense areas of population along the coast. 
  • There is a general impression of affluence in the county, however there are some extremes, as whilst people in some parts of the county are wealthy, in other areas such as Hastings and parts of central Eastbourne, there are high numbers of benefits claimants and people on low incomes. 
  • The county has a higher proportion of older people than anywhere else in the region and the highest percentage of people over 85 of any county in England. The number of older people is also forecast to grow over the next 20 years. 
  • There are no motorways, few dual carriageways and many rural roads. As a result, road conditions are poor for the volume of traffic and this increases the risk of road traffic collisions.


Latest Update :
10 September 2018
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