Have your say on plan for West Sussex Fire Service

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Local people are being encouraged to have their say on a plan for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

A six week public consultation has started into the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which outlines how it intends to use its resources to help protect the public in the future.

All fire and rescue services in the UK are required to have an IRMP to explain how they intend to save lives, improve public safety and reduce emergency incidents.

The IRMP explains the fire service’s activities in detail and local people are being asked to comment on the priorities identified by the West Sussex Fire Authority, part of West Sussex County Council’s functions.

The plan explains the fire service’s activities in detail on:
• Prevention – educating the community on how to reduce risks through safe and well visits, school visits and other training.
• Protection – providing safer public spaces within the built environment, fire safety inspections and enforcement.
• Response – sending fire engines and firefighters to emergency incidents. This can include fires, road traffic collisions, flooding etc.
• People – how we address the challenges we face in delivering a highly trained, diverse workforce.
• Value for money – ensuring everything we do is as cost efficient as possible.
• Partnership and collaboration – how we will work with other organisations to achieve our organisational aims.

To view the plan and give feedback see www.westsussex.gov.uk/IRMP2018

The consultation runs until Monday 28th May.

A series of drop-in meetings are being held around West Sussex for the public to find out more about the plan. These are on:
• Thursday 26th April from 5.00pm-7.00pm at Parkside, Horsham
• Monday 30th April from 12.00pm-2.00pm at Crawley Library
• Thursday 3rd May from 5.00pm-7.00pm at Ede’s House, Chichester
• Thursday 3rd May from 5.00pm-7.00pm at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath
• Tuesday 8th May Bognor from 5.00pm-7.00pm at The Regis School, Bognor Regis
Details of further meetings will be available on the website.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “If you were to ask people to describe the work of firefighters, most people would probably talk about fighting fires and possibly dealing with road traffic collisions.

“In fact, the service does a lot more than that including dealing with many other types of rescues, it carries out Safe and Well visits, has a Business Fire Safety team, works with teams across the county council and with others in the community to make sure people are safe.

“We know the service will have to continually evolve to provide a first class emergency service. Some of the things we will have to consider include how to make the best use of resources.

“I would like to encourage everyone in our communities to have a look at this plan and to give us your views.”

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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