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Phase 2 Proposals

The Fire Authority agreed three proposals in Phase 2.

Proposal 1

The Fire Authority agreed to remove a fire engine based in the City of Brighton and Hove. We have considered a range of information in order to make a decision on this that least impacts on the community of Brighton and Hove and retains resilience across the Service. The water tender at Hove was removed at the beginning of April 2016.

Evidence included:

  • impact of firefighter safety

  • predicted impact on life risk across the Service area

  • predicted impact on Service-wide performance

  • numbers of incidents within each geographical station area including those involving high rise premises, hotels and B&Bs

  • number of mobilisations that each pumping appliance makes, both on and off its own station area including over the border calls

  • average attendance times

  • analysis of special appliance movements

Proposal 2a - as amended

It was proposed we would convert Battle Fire Station to a new Day Crewed Duty System. The station could then provide Wholetime cover 7 days a week instead of 5, giving more support for Hastings. Battle kept both its fire engines. The Retained Duty System fire engine from The Ridge Fire Station in Hastings was removed.

Proposal 3

We proposed to introduce "Day Crewed Plus" at Roedean fire station in Brighton and The Ridge fire station in Hastings, both currently Wholetime stations. It would have been a new way of working for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and is successfully used by other fire and rescue services across England. It would mean that firefighters stay in accommodation provided by us on site on a self rostering system. They would therefore have still been ready to turn out 24 hours a day.

Subsequent negotiations with representative bodies resulted in a series of alternative proposals being agreed in 2015.

These "Bridging the Savings" proposals include reducing the number of firefighters on fire engines, reviewing overtime and restructuring the senior management team.

In February 2016, the restructure was formally approved by the Fire Authority, contributing approximately £270,000 of savings per year.

Latest Update :
12 June 2018
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