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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is pleased that it has been judged as ‘Good’ across eight important areas in its latest inspection report by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), published today (20 January 2023).

The Service is judged to be good at: 

  • Understanding fires and other risks  
  • Preventing fires and other risks 
  • Responding to fires and other emergencies 
  • Responding to major and multi-agency incidents
  • Making best use of resources 
  • Future affordability 
  •  Getting the right people with the right skills 
  • Managing performance and developing leaders 


Chief Fire Officer, Dawn Whittaker said: 

“The report has recognised the hard work of our staff to improve the whole organisation, and safety within our communities, particularly after the tragedy at Grenfell.

I am especially pleased the inspectors spoke to so many of our staff, and looked across the entire Service before reaching their judgement. This ensures our report is as comprehensive and wide-ranging as possible.

We are not complacent. The report identifies some areas for improvement and recognises that there is work underway to address these. We will now consider the findings in detail and use these to ensure we continually improve.”

Chairman of East Sussex Fire Authority Roy Galley said: 

“The Fire Authority is pleased that the report recognises the clear and significant progress the Service has made. We would like to thank all those involved.

Progress does not stop here. This report is just one way our service to the community is monitored to ensure we continue to deliver our commitments to the public in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.” 

The report also found:

  • The service delivers sound financial management. There are regular reviews to consider all the Service’s expenditure, including its non-pay costs. This scrutiny makes sure the Service gets value for money.
  • Staff were proud to work for East Sussex Fire and Rescue and most staff displayed the values which the Service promotes widely.
  • The Service has demonstrated a clear commitment to the support of staff following traumatic incidents.
  • The Service is creating a culture of continuous improvement. This is promoted throughout the Service and staff are encouraged to learn and develop.
  • The Service has made sure all staff are trained and clear about what to do if they encounter inappropriate behaviour. 

HMICFRS Background

HMICFRS: His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces and in July 2017 extended its remit to include inspections of England's fire and rescue services. 

The full report can be found on the HMICFRS website: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/frs-assessment/frs-2021/east-sussex/

Date: 20 January 2023
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