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Planning for a Safer Future

Date : 24 April 2020

Members of the public are being asked to tell East Sussex Fire Authority what they think of its Planning for a Safer Future proposals.

A consultation is now open to the public as part of a regular planning process to find out what risks exist in our communities and what the Service should do to keep people safe.

Chairman of the Fire Authority Roy Galley said:

“It’s very important that we ensure members of the public have their say on any proposals the Fire Authority considers. In these difficult times, we are taking additional steps to make sure the consultation is fair and open. Our independent experts will be contacting hundreds of people by phone to take part in our survey. Thousands more will be contacted by post. We are also holding online focus groups so people can give their views without having to leave their homes.”

Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said:

“At the moment, most of our resources are used to respond to emergencies. We want to have a better balance between this and our work to prevent these emergencies before they happen. A great deal of analysis and hard work has gone into developing these proposals and they represent an important milestone in ensuring that we can continue to deliver an effective service to our local communities. We believe it is right to go ahead with the consultation at this time because we need to make decisions to improve our performance and remain financially stable.”

Our consultation

We’d like to find out what you think about our plans for the future. 

These include:

• Crewing – we’ve looked at the shift patterns worked by our firefighters

• Fire engines – we’ve looked at the type and number of fire engines we have

• Expanding the building safety and prevention work we do in communities 

• Reducing 999 calls – we’ve looked at how we can engage with the community and with businesses 

• Non-emergency calls – we’ve looked at whether we should still go to some kinds of calls, such as bird rescues, where no human life is at risk

An online consultation survey can be found at www.esfrs.org/saferfuture and paper copies can be requested by writing to:

Planning for a Safer Future

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service HQ

Church Lane



The survey will be open from 24 April 2020 until 19 June 2020. The findings of the consultation will be considered at a Fire Authority meeting in September 2020.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via consult@esfrs.org or by calling 0303 999 1000.


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